TUMBLEDOWN FARM – A new place of growing health
Local residents are invited to a fun day to discuss future plans for Tumbledown Farm, plus. . .
* HELP DECIDE HOW IT WOULD BE USED IN THE FUTURE
* FAMILY FUN
* NATURE QUIZ/ MAKE SOUP/MAKE A BIRD BOX
* ARTS AND CRAFTS/ RENEWABLES/ LEARN TO PLANT
* WINTER HERBS AND VEG
Under 16 year olds should be accompanied by an adult
For further details please contact:
Toni Powell, Groundwork South (Tel: 07889 756166)
Jon Orrell Transition Town ( Tel; 01305 772152)
We would like to inform you of a potential new exciting project in your local area.
Tumbledown Farm is approx. 25 acres of fields between Radipole Lane and the A354. The farm is made up of natural grassland, a SSSI nature reserve, a small wooded area, open fields with views over Weymouth Bay, grazing areas and finally, fields that could be used for community food growing. It also includes buildings, which have limited use at present, but could, over the longer term, be replaced with a possible small training centre, office space, a cooking and eating area, restroom facilities and storage space.
Wider hopes for the site include; increasing the woodland area by the donation of trees (the potential to bury ashes of loved ones as part of a woodland expansion scheme is being considered); providing allotments; management of special grassland areas which contain rare species; and giving access to the site for the public to enjoy. Underpinning all the potential options is the desire to keep the area as it is, maintaining the character of the site and allowing people to enjoy it.
Tumbledown Farm is owned by Weymouth & Portland Council who are currently reviewing the possibility of offering Groundwork a 20 year lease on some of the land. The aim would be for Groundwork to take a lead on developing the site into a community food growing and environmental education centre, working in partnership with Weymouth & Portland Council, Weymouth Transition Group, the RSPB and of course local residents and local organisations. As part of Groundwork’s feasibility study into the project, we would like to ensure that any plans for the farm would meet the needs and wants, plus any gaps in provision, of the local community. We are therefore holding a ‘Tumbledown Farm Consultation Fun Day’ and would very much like yourself or someone from your organisation to attend. The event will allow you and the local community the opportunity to take part in ‘mini-taster sessions’ of activities that would be typical of what could be delivered on Tumbledown Farm. We would like all attendees to give their feedback on these activities and discuss ideas, wants and wishes on how you think Tumbledown Farm could benefit the local community and transition.
Transition Open space 3-5pm
The earlier part of the day is for a site visit and activities. Later we will meet at the community centre to share ideas and plans.
• Any ideas?
Come 3-5pm to brainstorm.
Transition helpers needed to run the event. Ring/email Jon please.