Green Acre Garden Maintenance – Wallingford & Didcot
Green Acre Garden Maintenance is a Style Acre social enterprise, established to provide work opportunities and training for people with learning disabilities and autism.
Trained by our dedicated Gardening Coordinator and Gardening Support workers, the Green Acre Garden Maintenance team learn, how to work in a professional environment, how to use tools and garden machinery and work as part of a team. It is a safe environment to learn, grow and work together. It also improves mental health, confidence, and independence.
Originally set up to tend the Style Acre gardens the enterprise has been a huge success. The team learnt their skills and wanted to work more. To be able to do this, we needed to upscale our project and offer Green Acre services to the local community. During 2022 the gardening team has increased in size. Employed new Garden Support workers, and generated work in the local community’s gardens.
2023 is looking bright. Sponsored by Root One Garden Centre we will be purchasing a new vehicle to upscale the enterprise further and hope to be able to employ more supported gardeners. We are grateful for their continued support.
Daniel O works in the team. He says: “‘I love doing gardening because I get paid. I love working… Getting this job is the best thing what’s ever happened in my life. My favourite part is mowing.”
Style Acre in partnership with Sustainable Wantage and Oxfordshire County Council also manage Wantage Market Garden. People we support, people we employ and volunteers have transformed a dilapidated area into a thriving garden, which produces flowers, vegetables and fruit. Regularly growing their own flowers, fruit and vegetables to enjoy at home. People can also undertake gardening training and work experience at the garden. Find out more here.
Customer feedback for the Green Acre Team – 2022
“Top job team, what a transformation. We all know how hard you all work and how much harder a very hot day makes it”
“The garden looks fantastic so looking forward to seeing everything bloom!!”
“You do a fantastic job!! 🌷🌿🌳”
“Please pass on my thanks to your team. Again very happy with the job they have done.”
“Since using your service I’ve been more than impressed with the level of work and input into my gardens. I’ve not been there to see you guys in action but upon my return I’ve looked over both front and rear garden and been very impressed with the results.”
“Moving forward I wouldn’t change anything and am more than happy to continue using your services and it encourages me that your colleagues are benefitting and learning some really useful skills and then putting them into practice.”
“I was very pleased with the work you did in my garden it was fast and efficient I didn’t even have to be in so it was a lovely surprise when I came home from work, thank you again and I will be calling in you again.”
“Thank you Greenacre, you do an absolute fabulous job.”