Family fun on offer at the community garden on Open Farm Sunday


The local community garden at Waterloo Cottage Farm will be open to the public on Sunday 11th June, running a range of activities as part of the national Open Farm Sunday initiative.

2017 is the third consecutive year that the community garden will form part of the day’s attractions and activities. Anyone is free to come along to the garden, which was set up in 2014, to find out more about how it is run and how they can get involved.

Open to visitors from 10am to 4pm, activities include an opportunity to plant vegetable seedlings in the garden and to sow seeds for plants that attract pollinators in a pot to take home. There will also be the chance to help construct a large bug hotel for the site as well as building a small bug hotel to take home.

“Last year was a great success and 2017 promises to be even more fun with something for everyone,” comments Alex Hopkinson, Project Officer at Sustainable Harborough. “We have extended the range of activities on offer and there are lots of opportunities to do something practical. We hope that people will be inspired to return and help with the community garden harvest later in the year. Volunteers are always welcome.”

The community garden was set up by Sustainable Harborough and Waterloo Cottage Farm as a way of encouraging people to get involved in growing their own produce, supporting the aim of sourcing food locally. The garden is run by volunteers who are first required to attend a short induction. Regular action days are held during the growing and harvesting season with volunteers sharing the produce grown.

As part of the Open Farm Sunday event, Waterloo Cottage Farm will be running farm tours as well as pork pie making workshops, both of which can be booked in advance by emailing info@waterloocottagefarm.co.uk. There will be a range of activities which don’t require booking including wine tasting, woodcarving and a chance to learn how to make herbal remedies. The newly launched Country Bumpkin Yurts will also be revealing the yurts on their glamping site for the first time. The company was recently launched by local businesswomen Lara Collis and Jennifer Lyon.

Lunch and drinks will be served in the garden, including pulled pork and apple sauce rolls, roast beef and horseradish rolls and strawberry tarts as well as hot and soft drinks and wine and beer.

Now in its 12th year, Open Farm Sunday is a national initiative which encourages farms to welcome visitors and share what they do. It enables people to discover first-hand what it means to be a farmer as well as learning about land management and food production.

The community garden is one of several initiatives introduced by Sustainable Harborough aimed at promoting local food production and reducing the town’s carbon footprint. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can come along to Waterloo Cottage Farm on Sunday 11th June. For more information call Sustainable Harborough on 01858 466 207 or email sustainableharborough@ruralcc.org.uk.


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