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Braziers Park

As one of the oldest secular intentional communities in the UK, and an educational trust, Braziers Park is a continuing experiment into the advantages and problems of living in a group. Community members share responsibility for running the mansion house (a Grade II* listed building), 55 acres of land, an organic kitchen garden and facilitating courses and organising events, assisted by visiting volunteers from around the world.

Location:Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6AN
Contact details:Will Simpson, Grower
Email: admin@braziers.org.uk
Web site:http://www.braziers.org.uk
Five A Day Market Garden

Five A Day Market Garden is a community supported project open to people of all ages and abilities. We are a not-for-profit community supported project which aims to engage the rural and urban community by: - growing and selling affordable, healthy, naturally grown produce - educating children, adults and older people within an outdoor therapeutic environment, with a focus on art, nature and fruit and vegetable production - encouraging people to get involved through volunteering - offering a unique team building experience to corporate organisations

Location:The Street, Englefield, Theale RG7 5EL
Contact details:Yvonne Redgrave, Project Co-ordinator
Telephone: 07555 184343
Email: yvonne@fiveaday.org.uk
Web site:http://www.fiveaday.org.uk/
Food4families

Everyone can learn the magic of growing their own fresh vegetables and salad, right in their own neighbourhood. F4F has a network of community gardens and allotments that run regular drop-in sessions. They can organise a beginner's growing session for you, and help you set up some small veg beds. And they run short cookery courses to turn all the fresh vegetables into tasty meals.

Location:Reading
Contact details:Sharon Fitton
Telephone: 0118 958 6692
Email: sharon@risc.org.uk
Web site:http://www.food4families.org.uk
Integrated Research and Development Centre (IRDC)

a) Recycling and prudent use of environmental resources b) Education in the field of horticulture c) Social inclusion through group horticulture projects d) Raising awareness through training, local actions on global warming concerns

Location:Reading
The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places. We are a charity that has been established for 53 years. Our work supports, encourages and celebrates volunteers and volunteering, focussing on helping people give some of their time, skills and enthusiasm to create and sustain environmental action with local communities.

Location:Reading
Contact details:Buffy Harris-Jones, Senior Project Officer
Telephone: 0118 956 8959
Email: volunteer-reading@tcv.org.uk
Web site:https://www.tcv.org.uk/southeast/volunteer-south-east/day-projects/berkshire-biodiversity-action-team
The Ridgeline Trust

The Ridgeline Therapeutic Wildlife Garden, located in East Reading, helps people suffering from mental and/or physical difficulties, learning difficulties, or other special needs. Through our beautiful garden we aim to help people through regular professionally run sessions to learn new skills, regain lost skills, and improve social skills in order to regain confidence and self esteem.

Location:25 Whiteknights Road RG6 7BY
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: In the Pavilion at the garden!
Time: Many different sessions during the week depending on ability and interest.
Contact details:Graham Johnson, Company Secretary
Telephone: 0118 926 1790
Email: graham@ridgelinetrust.org.uk
Web site:http://www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk/
Thrive

Thrive is a national charity working to help people living with a disability or mental ill health use gardening to transform their lives. Advice is offered to disabled people whether they want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or alternatively wish to attend a structured therapy programme at one of its garden projects. Thrive is the leading charity in the UK dedicated to the use of horticultural therapy for the benefit of disabled people. We also carry out research and train professionals offering practical solutions so that those with a disability can enjoy gardening. For enquiries about attending our Trunkwell Garden Project in Beech Hill (near Reading) phone 0118 988 4844.

Location:Trunkwell Garden Project, Beech Hill
Contact details:Telephone: 0118 988 5688
Email: info@thrive.org.uk
Web site:http://www.thrive.org.uk/

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