HOPE Organic Garden would love to be able to turn branches and prunings into recyclable mulch. To do this we need enough money to buy a "Chipper - Shredder".
We are HOPE Organic Garden
HOPE is a thriving organic garden on Scotland’s east coast. It's situated next to the entrance to Hospitalfield House, on the Westway in Arbroath. HOPE is a Scottish charity which supports adults with learning disabilities, autism or Asperger's.
We have three main aims. These are :
- to provide the adults we support with work experience and training in organic gardening, in a safe, secure and happy environment
- to provide them also with social, recreational and educational opportunities
- to provide a reliable source of organically grown fruit and vegetables to the community
Being organic means that we are also environmentally friendly, and, while we are most appreciative of any and all help, in the form of organic manure, compost and wood-chippings , we like to aim for a certain level of self-sufficiency too.
Being a charity, and one that employs three people, we depend on funding from various Trusts and from Angus Council (via a Service Level Agreement). We do, however, try to sell as much of the organic vegetables and fruit that we grow, in our shop at the Garden.
Our gardeners not only run the garden, they also plan, prepare and manage all the tasks for each individual adult trainee gardener, and mentor the trainees throughout their work experience and training. Each of our learning-disabled adults attends an annual review, and they all receive an annual certificate outlining what they have achieved and the new skills they have mastered.
Meet the team
Richard, HOPE's Garden manager
Joyce, one of our part-time gardeners
Sylvia and Michael, grow organic vegetables in a small greenhouse allocated to them at HOPE.
Gerry lives in Montrose, and, as well as coming to HOPE for work experience, he washes the dishes at our annual Christmas Coffee Morning.
David likes his pipe!
Wayne stands proudly beside his painting. It was displayed at our 20th year celebration in 2014.
Our community links
There are two plots at HOPE set aside for children in the community. They are looked after by the P2 class of the local Timmergreens School and the under-5s of the town's Old and Abbey Church Playgroup.
2015 - We now have 16 adults with learning disabilities coming to HOPE for work experience and training in gardening. This year we've had a bumper harvest, everything grown organically, mostly using our own green manure and compost. Our shop has been filled with lovely organic produce since spring.
HOPE Organic Shop is situated at the entrance to the Garden, next to our small car-park. It's open Mon-Fri from Spring until Christmas, and is manned by volunteers.
A quote from Iris, one of our best customers:
"We have just eaten a delicious red cabbage which I bought THREE WEEKS AGO and stored in the fridge. it was delicious cooked with my own apples. But it is amazing that it was perfect after that lengthy time. I have found that all your vegetables have remarkable keeping qualities. If we eat them I reckon WE, YOUR GRATEFUL CUSTOMERS WILL ALL HAVE AMAZING KEEPING QUALITIES! "
2015 pre-Christmas Party was a great night, with music provided by The Inchcape Ceilidh Band and a lovely supper provided by Annie and her staff at Arbroath British legion.
Why we need your support...
This year we received a grant to buy a walking tractor which has been a fantastic boost. We're now looking for funding to buy a chipper-shredder attachment for the tractor. This costs £3408. If we meet our target we'll be able to buy this implement and start making our own mulch from tree branches in January 2016. If we don't meet our target we'll save whatever we receive and arrange further fundraising events to reach it.
A chipper-shredder in action!
Watch this exciting video of what this machine can do!