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WOODOAKS FARM: Farm holds workshops as plans progress on new community hub

 Published on: 25th February 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local residents are invited to participate in various pilot workshops at Woodoaks Farm in Maple Cross, as staff finalise the plans for a multi-million-pound community hub soon to be built on the premises.

Kickstarted by a £200,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund last November, the construction of a new community hub is due to begin in the near future.

The first pilot event on Monday, February 19, saw children and adults come down to Woodoaks Farm for a bird box building workshop. Other events planned for this year include bird watching, butterfly spotting and bat listening sessions.

Participants’ experiences at these events will guide staff at Woodoaks in drawing up a full educational programme to be held at the new centre, built around the existing Grade II listed Black Barn building.

Woodoaks manager Rose Lewis, of the Soil Association Land Trust, said: “Farming is often invisible to the public; they walk past huge fields of single crops and do not necessarily understand the negative impacts this has on nature.

“This funding will totally change that. We already work with an amazing team of volunteers and are starting to run exciting projects such as open days, tours, bird box building and hedge planting.

“We get so much joy from people experiencing things for the first time – children and adults love digging in the soil to find worms, observing red kites in the sky, or seeing Saturn through a telescope.”

To stay up-to-date on events taking place over the coming months, please visit the Woodoaks Farm website at

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