Green Acre, Wallingford & Didcot
Green Acre is our gardening maintenance social enterprise, established to provide work opportunities and training for people with learning disabilities and autism. The team visit local Style Acre houses to undertake gardening maintenance jobs, including hedge trimming, mowing and planting.
People love joining in with our Gardening Project and it has grown greatly in popularity over the past few years. People learn gardening skills at home, at our hubs or during sessions at Wantage Market Garden. Gardening with Green Acre is another way people can develop new skills while also gaining work opportunities.
The Green Acre team members are trained by our dedicated Gardening Co-ordinator and experienced staff. They learn how to work in a professional environment, how to use tools and garden machinery and how to work as part of a team. It has been a really successful route to work for a number of the team members and some are now in paid employment with Green Acre. Others continue to learn and develop their skills in the team. Other benefits include improved mental health, confidence and independence.
The current team members include: Daniel O, Dan H, Harry, Jonathan, Simon and Ben. They are supported by Barry, our Gardening Coordinator Sarah and support staff from Turnstyle and T2.
Our Green Acre social enterprise is sponsored by Root One Garden Centre. 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.” (sic.)
See Daniel and his team mates in their video: