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Veterans' Growth

Veterans' Growth is a charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel (men and women 18+) who are suffering from mental heath issues. We provide this through horticultural therapy and support at our site. Having your support means we will be in a position to provide help and support and to welcome more veterans.

www.veteransgrowth.org

Charity

Registered charity no. 1183537

Member since February 2021

Latest News

Hanging Basket Workshop for both Veterans and Civilians

Hanging Basket Workshop for both Veterans and Civilians

On Saturday 8th May we hosted our first group workshop since the last lockdown.  Adhering to government guidelines, this workshop was outside and limited to 6 places of groups of two only, where we could ensure social distancing and safety at all times.  We opened the workshop up to both veterans', their families and civilians.  Everyone had a fantastic morning and got to take their master piece home with them.  Veterans' Growth supplied all the plants, materials and tools and all we asked for was a small donation.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as our participants enjoyed their morning creating their hanging baskets.

Providing on-site disabled friendly car parking

Providing on-site disabled friendly car parking

We would like to re-surface our main car park and provide disabled friendly parking bays for our veterans and their families.

We need to ensure our car park meets the relevant health and safety guidelines and is accessible to everyone, to include disabled car parking. In order for us to achieve this we need to raise some funds. Can you help us achieve our goal?

A word from Claire Vokins one of our trustees

A word from Claire Vokins one of our trustees

A word from Claire Vokins a trustee for Veterans' Growth who paid a visit to the site on the 30th March 2021

Hello everyone!! As a trustee I'm not on site every week, and over the last 12 months with all the legal restrictions on travel, most of my contact with the team at Rocks Farm has been via the wonders of Zoom and telephone calls.

When the government began the ease restrictions, my first port of call was to visit the farm and see for myself the work that has been carried out over the 8-10 months. Well, what a brilliant surprise; the area around the rear of the main house has been cleared, hard landscaped and an outdoor kitchen area installed with seating. All the access pathways around the property have been laid and the accessibility ramp from car park to residential units is now in place.

You may have seen on our social media posts that one of the veterans has built a covered area for smoking access. He built this alone, over a period of a few weeks, and it looks great.

Trees that have fallen have been re-used to create walling around the orchard area and boundary lines. More beds have been created for growing produce and the poly tunnel is already filled with young seedlings ready to get this years growing season off to a flying start. With Sarah Wilson at the helm of the horticultural side, WE are really learning, and teaching veterans how everything can be re-used to create a wonderfully biodiverse site.

And finally, I can't ignore our two new recruits, Eric and Ernie the pigs. Currently lazing away in pig heaven, built by a team of local builders, with the help of our Saturday Veteran and Jason.

Honestly, if this is what can be achieved in one of the toughest years the UK has faced in recent history, I am so excited to see what we can do over the coming months and years as we move forwards.

A huge thank you to all involved with Veterans Growth, and thank you to everyone who supports us.

Claire Vokins