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Wortley Hall Walled Garden

Working for the community with the community


Water conservation

The crops with the most demand for water are in the polytunnels, the one place in the garden where it doesn't rain, of course. To address this, and to reduce the amount of soggy ground around the polytunnels (we grow crops up close to them) we have designed and built our own water collection and pumping system. It is simple, so not much to go wrong, and has worked very well for the last two years.



Volunteering

We use the site for a range of courses and workshops, including Organic Farm School classes that we hold in partnership with the Soil Association. Details are posted on the homepage under Events.
We have volunteering opportunities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10.30 - 16.00. Join our team of volunteers, learning best organic practice, to develop your skills and knowledge, or just to enjoy a satisfying day's activity in beautiful surroundings. Please phone or email to find out more details.


Courses & Training

We use the site for a range of courses and workshops, including Organic Farm School classes that we hold in partnership with the Soil Association. Details are posted on the homepage under Events.                                   
We also provide training events for other organisations, including over the last few years: CPD events for school teachers in partnership with Garden Organic and the Food for Life Partnership, Northern College, Spring Vale Community Garden in Penistone, Grow Sheffield and the Abundance Project, the Big Dig. We can host the training on site or at another location. We also host pre-booked visits for schools, community groups, gardening societies.


Crops

The garden is still undergoing some further restoration of infrastructure, and reclaiming of very overgrown, rubble strewn areas. We have managed to grow about 5 tonnes of produce per year recently, supplying to our clients and customers 11 months of the year.
We supply regularly to businesses in the Sheffield area: Beanies Wholefoods (shop and box scheme), Regather Coop (boxscheme), New Roots (wholefood shop run by volunteers) and Barra Organics shop in Hunters Bar area. We occasionally supply the Wortley Farm Shop (local quality foods). We regularly supply the Ruddy Duck restaurant at Wortley Hall.

We also attend all Nether Edge Farmers Markets (four a year), and other occasional events.