At this time of the year we are so grateful for the beaming sunshine across the gardens, forest and farm site. We see all things – animals, trees and plants – in full bloom, even the plants in the wrong places. which we call weeds! Within this period, we also undertake our Annual General Meeting, an important annual milestone in any charity, when we look back of the year’s achievements and agree the plans going forward. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Enabling more people to engage and be involved in outdoor activities and having greater breadth of activities including:
- Continuing sessions focused around growing across our primary geographical area and as far afield as Leyland.
- Sessions entitled ‘chop, cook and eat’ encouraging individuals not only to grow produce but also to directly benefit from it, acknowledging the individuals who are passionate about growing produce that say to me “I do not eat green things”!
- Operating more craft sessions, focused on or around outdoor aspects, from flower arranging to dry stone walling.
- Increasing the connection of people and their understanding of farming, in particular life stock, including chickens, cows, sheep etc. Understanding within this not only the animal but land management.
- More forest activity days; from continuing to plant 1,000’s of new trees / bushes, maintaining woodlands to operating forest schools or bush craft activities for children and adults alike.
- To enable key physical developments across the different sites including:
- Working toward the exciting creation of a new central base of operations down at March Street, Burnley, including a multi-function training room, training kitchen, large workshop and central office.
- Continuing to enhance and develop the eight regular sites currently managed by Pennine Lancashire Community Farm, while acknowledging and ensuring are first priority is the people.
- Supporting new groups and new organisations to be involved in outdoor activities including those with specific needs e.g. dementia.
In the previous year we have worked with 63 different voluntary agencies, if we are going to continue to be successful we must acknowledge how we are going to continue to enhance our partnership working, including:
- Working together to create new sites of operation, both as a lead organisation, point of catalyst or part of much broader team of agencies.
- Continuing and enhancing the model of supporting one another to enable some of the most vulnerable people with complex needs to access outdoor activities.
- To undertake joint funding applications, where appropriate and beneficial to all the partners .
I hope this gives you a sense of the exciting ongoing developments at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm.