By James Horsford
As the season of Winter comes to an end and Spring starts to blossom across the gardens, we continue to see the growth of plants and people in equal measure. Many people often say to me it must be quiet during the winter months at the Community Farm, nobody will get involved on the cold wet days of winter. Well I am pleased to say the truth is often quite the opposite, in this calendar year to date we had over 250 individuals engaged across the different outdoor activity sites, all hand on involvement, no matter what the weather.
The work on the garden never stops, whether undertaking construction type work, cultivating seeds, preparing vegetable beds for the next year, there is always something going on at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm. The needs of our volunteers, like all of us, are similar to the garden; there are always needs to be tended to, ground to be prepared, encouragement given to allow potential to ripen.
We are so fortunate to work with individuals from all sorts of backgrounds and circumstances, some who face very different challenging prospects and or ongoing conditions. In such situations it can be difficult for some people to envisage beyond the dark depths of the ground they reside in, to have hope that their consistent efforts might one day bare fruit.
Now, with no great surprise I suspect to my teachers, I am not a qualified doctor or specialist in psychology but I do have the pleasure time and time again of watching how the simple process of nature can be so therapeutic. Eco Therapy is all about allowing someone some space and time around nature to grow and flourish.
So the greatest thing about working at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm is continuing to see the cycles of growth, to see the hope promised by each Spring, the processes by which both people and plants slowly establish themselves, seeing the first shoots come to being as the days light lengthens, anticipating the budding flowers and fruit to follow.
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