Outdoor Willow Classroom

We are aiming to raise the funds to plant a living willow classroom on our not-for-profit community farm in Harlow, Essex.

We did it!

On 25th Feb 2016 we successfully raised £690 of £500 target with 30 supporters in 21 days

New stretch target

Now we have reached our minimum target of £500 we aim to hit our next target of £1000!

If we achieve this we will spend the money on an additional polytunnel which will be built next to the living willow classroom, more wheelchair asseciable raised beds, medicinal herb garden and more tools.

Why we need your help

We want to plant a living willow classroom which will be big enough to sit 30 students, it will be nestled in the trees looking out over the farm and the aim is to provide a nature-based learning space to support a broad range of needs and community groups.

Our outdoor classroom will be ideal for whole class teaching, small group working and intervention work. By taking the study of nature and science outside of the conventional classroom, we aim to increase attainment, improve participation and extend the engagement of all learners. We are already active in providing basic resources and this classroom will allow for an increase in provision of exploration and appreciation of food and wildlife for pupils and the wider community.

The Living Classroom will enable us to work with more people opening up access to ecological study for our community thus extending the benefit and potentially improving the learning of hundreds of other people in our community. Access will be made available out of school hours and opened up to the wider community.

The classroom will be 6 metres x 3 metres and 6.5ft in height and made from living willow which will grow, eventually creating an enclosed space. If we reach our CrowdFunder target we will be planting the living classroom in Mid-March so it can be used by the community over this year. We welcome everyone to get involved with the creation of our living classroom.

Some example willow classrooms can be seen below:


About Us

Herts & Essex Community Farm is a not-for-profit community project. We started in October 2013 as there was a need in the community for more growing spaces, with the purpose to increase access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food and provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make friends. 

Our farm sits on a ex-allotment site in Harlow Town, Essex. The site is approximately just over 0.5 acres with a stream running along one end.

Volunteers are welcome to commit as much time as they like towards the project and everyone takes home a share of farm produce. We also make regular food donations to Streets2Homes in Harlow where they make the fresh vegetables & fruits into delicious and nutritious meals for the homeless.

Our Values

We aim to be: transparent, professional, democratic, inclusive, passionate, collaborative, innovative, inspiring, fun, pragmatic, promote equality and demonstrate leadership.

We also take inspiration from the three ethics of permaculture:

  • Care for people
  • Care for the planet
  • Return of surplus to earth and people (also called “Fair Share”)

You can find more info about the farm here: www.hecommunityfarm.co.uk/about


Pledge Rewards

Pledge rewards will be honoured as soon as possible, we will be emailing all pledger's with further details of rewards once the CrowdFunder has ended.

Find us on Facebook: www.Faceboook.com/HECommunityFarm

Find us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/HECommunityFarm

Email: hecommunityfarm@gmail.com


So please pledge what you can and remember, it is all or nothing, so unless we raise our target we won't receive a penny and all donations will be returned.




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