New Leaf started in 1993 and provides training in horticulture for adult students with learning disabilities. Training takes place using the greenhouse, polytunnels and vegetable garden. The project also has a room for indoor work. Students learn the skills of growing vegetables and flowers, which are taken home or sold to the public who visit the farm. For more information, please contact James by email
Students attend one or more of the projects for one or two days a week from 10am to 3pm. The projects run for 40 weeks a year, Monday to Thursday. We aim to provide training for people with a wide range of support needs. Trainees choose their own course of learning from the options available, and review progress regularly with their trainer. A maximum of four people attend each project each day. There is an initial 4-week trial period for a student to decide if they would like a place and for the trainer to decide if a place can be offered. People usually attend for a period of about 3 years, although the actual length of time is agreed with each person and can be reviewed. Places are funded by service level agreements and individual contracts authorised by Social Services.
For each project there is one full time trainer. In addition volunteers are recruited specifically to support people attending the projects. There is usually at least one volunteer each day working with each project.
New leaf photos
Here are day-to-day photos of the goings on in our New Leaf project.