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Chance for community to enjoy some fun on the farm

16 March 2018
Sheep in a field

Residents in Ely can enjoy some fun on the farm at a special event supported by Sanctuary Housing.

With funding from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, Willderland Farm, in Haddenham, just outside Ely, is opening its doors between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 25 March.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the community farm and its future plans, as well as helping to build raised beds and pallet chairs and sowing vegetable seeds.

Willderland Farm, which spans 4.5 acres, was established in 2015 by a group of friends who shared an interest in farming and wildlife and has since welcomed many new members from the local community.

Starting out with just an overgrown field and a plan to transform it into a small farm, orchard and market garden, members have already planted fruit trees, built up hedgerows and started growing crops.

Simon Rudkin, Sanctuary’s area manager, said: “Willderland Farm is a fantastic community project that is bringing people together and helping them enhance the local environment and live more sustainable lifestyles.”

Founding member, Will Birkin, added: “Our vision is to create something truly special, a community farm with crops, animals and wildlife and a lovely place for people to come together. In the long term, volunteers will reap the fruits of their work as produce starts to be harvested.

“The Willderland members are a friendly bunch and would really welcome new people of all ages to join us. We hope to see lots of new faces at our upcoming event and would like to thank Sanctuary for supporting us to hold it.”

The upcoming open day is the third to be staged with funding from Sanctuary. Refreshments will be served and transport is available for anyone unable to make their own way there.

Anyone who would like to attend the free event on 25 March, or get more information about Willderland Farm, can email info@willderland.com.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities. To find out more about the community investment fund, please call 01905 335411 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.


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