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Phone lines open on Wednesday 17 May at 10am.  Please call Carla Mandis on 07812 265216 to book.  

Don't forget to check at the size of the challenge indicated by the key at the bottom of the page. Plus, if available, click the photo link for your challenge to view your potential project.

404  Summer Fayre

Challenge group size: M

Umberslade Nurseries

What's the challenge?

Umberslade Nurseries is a social enterprise managed by Queen Alexandra College. A two acre horticultural site based in a largely residential area, it offers a rural idyll that gives people the opportunity to re-engage in gardening and nature, as well as other activities.   

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Open to the public, Umberslade is closed during winter months, then reopens in March to enjoy springtime activities and re-inspire people's love of gardening and community. In the summer they host a Summer Fayre and open day, where the site is opened fully for people to come and take part in fun activities and see what the local community has to offer by way of stalls and entertainment. This year's summer event is happening on Friday 21 July and they would love the help of a challenge team to get the site ready and looking fantastic for the event; it will include some exterior painting, furniture moving, decorating, beds/rubbish clearing etc. Photos > 

405  Summer Spruce

Challenge group size: M

Umberslade Nurseries

What's the challenge?

Umberslade Nurseries is a social enterprise managed by Queen Alexandra College. A two acre horticultural site based in a largely residential area, it offers a rural idyll that gives people the opportunity to re-engage in gardening and nature, as well as other activities.

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QAC students play a large part in maintaining life at Umberslade, with some groups having weekly visits to the site to perform various tasks - sweeping, planting, weeding, harvesting etc. However, this only happens during term time and although they have some volunteers who work with them throughout the year, academic holidays can make maintenance and upkeep busier and harder work!

With this in mind, they would love for a team to come and spend a day at Umberslade to help them get the site ready for the students' return in September - so any time during August. The team would help the small onsite team with various tasks including harvesting, clearing, re-planting, sorting, painting/treating etc. 

414  Mix & Match

Challenge group size: M

Chadsgrove School

What's the challenge?

Chadsgrove School near Bromsgrove is for children and young people with physical disabilities and complex medical needs. The children's age ranges from 2-25 years. The school has many lovely facilities that need maintaining on a regular basis.

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Depending on the time of year and size of the team, the challenge would be to bring some life back into a section of the garden that needs its wooden furniture, railings and plant boxes repainting. They also need assistance with  planting, weeding, general garden maintenance and tidying. The school also needs assistance in tidying the school grounds generally, as many of the areas could do with a clear up. Photos >   
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416  Pond Life

Challenge group size: S

Highbury Orchard Community CIC (HOCCIC)

What's the challenge?

Highbury Orchard Community CIC (HOCCIC) is a social enterprise operating a community orchard, outdoor education for disadvantaged families, and an outdoor support service for vulnerable adults. The 2-acre plot of land is located on the Highbury estate, adjacent to Highbury Park.

Physical work on the land includes gardening, caring for wildlife, conservation work, and some construction work. They produce fruit from young trees and shrubs. They work without power tools or chemicals, and are mindful of the wildlife around them. They also keep bees on site to help pollinate the fruit blossoms and aim to run the orchard in harmony with nature.  It is great for everyone's health and happiness!

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The proposed challenge is to continue with the creation of a wildlife pond.

Work began on this a while ago. A pond has already been dug out and is filling naturally with water from a boggy area but it needs making firmer around its edge. They would love a team to lay a log path around its perimeter, and do some planting up. Some rustic seating would also be very appropriate here. The area is fairly small and would suit a group of 4-6 volunteers at the most.  Photos > 

 = Wheelchair accessible

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