Dunton Community Garden aims to provide mental and emotional wellbeing and access to development opportunities through organic horticulture and community activities. The charity's objectives are:
- Education (in particular organic gardening practices) and social welfare for the local community.
- Preservation of the environment, for example by promoting organic gardening methods, horticulture and recycling practices.
- Provision of facilities for recreation and leisure for the local community in an attractive setting, including regular social events.
- To provide a range of volunteer and skills development opportunities for all, including those with physical or learning disabilities, mental ill health or those who are socially exluded.
Dunton Community Garden was formed as a community group in 2001 and operated from the founder's half-acre Dunton garden. The organisation became a charity in 2006 and continued to expand the number of volunteering sessions, partnerships and community events. As a result, in 2010 the garden moved onto a larger 1 hectare fallow field within Church Farm in Dunton and developed purpose-built facilities and began cultivating the land.
The garden is managed and delivered entirely by volunteers, overseen by a board of trustees. Volunteers are welcomed whatever their background, religion, gender identity, ethnicity, age or abilities/disabilities. We regularly work in the garden alongside people with additional needs such as mental or physical health issues, learning disabilities, young offenders, long-term unemployed and people who are socially isolated for a range of reasons.
To find out more about volunteering opportunities take a look at the Getting Involved page.