Hereford Community farm was set up in 2007 to provide therapeutic land based activities for people of all ages and backgrounds who have mental health issues or who have physical or learning difficulties. When it outgrew its old premises it re-located in 2013 to Warham Court, near Breinton, Hereford.

The new site is perfect for growing fruit and veg and for the animals which people attending look after. It also has an orchard which is part of our TCTOP project and which Tim Dixon and volunteers from Colwall Orchard Group have been helping the staff, volunteers and farm clients to manage and restore. The community farm team already has a successful veg box delivery scheme in Hereford and we’d like to add orchard fruit and orchard skills to what’s on offer.

The orchard is already being used for art and crafts. Here is an orchard artwork made from squashes grown in the veg beds, celebrating Autumn. A new trail is being planned too, to allow people to get right into the orchards and enjoy them, even if they are in a wheelchair.

 

The orchard has already been celebrated in art by one of Hereford’s best known artists – Brian Hatton. He painted scenes around the farm, including the orchards, which are very little changed. On April 15th there will be a celebration of his work at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, and clients from the farm and students from the Hereford Art College will be showing the results of their collaboration. Do come along and see what they have done.

If you come over to the farm you will be able to see that the orchard trees have been tagged so that we can identify the varieties being grown there, and a new boundary hedge is being planted – great for wildlife.