plot to plate
We are passionate about creating practical and sustainable opportunities for people to gain confidence and find purpose... it's even better when those opportunities provide different training options at every stage of development.
Tees Valley Community Church has run a coffee shop at the Oakwood Centre for many years. When the site was gifted to us, we saw the potential for this to be part of a much broader offer for the local community; making the most of the surrounding grounds to grow our own produce and welcoming local people to join us... [drum roll...]
Starting with just a 1400sqm grassy patch, our learners and volunteers are creating an accessible allotment space together, with raised beds, poly-tunnels and a herb garden.
The produce, grown from seed, is harvested and used by the Hospitality learners, preparing meals for the coffee shop. Any left, is donated to the local Community Grocery...it's our own little eco-system!
The plan for the future is to invite other community groups to share the space with us, understanding gardening can have positive immediate and long-term effects on mental health outcomes.
With 13 years experience in Landscaping, Matt (our Learner Manager) uses the versatility of the project to tailor work experience opportunities for our learners... and as the project develops these will only continue to diversify.
See our Teesside Hub page for all current training opportunities.