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Rhubarb Farm hosted a special tour this week for community, care and third sector organisations from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire that may refer people who have long-term needs to Rhubarb Farm so they can take advantage of the training and volunteering opportunities it provides.

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Representatives from Bassetlaw Mind, Hope Springs in Chesterfield, Sheffield NHS, Derbyshire County Council’s Disability Service, Langwith Parish Council and Mansfield CVS were all shown round the Farm and introduced to the current volunteers that are working there.

Jennie Street is Managing Director of Rhubarb Farm and says that the tour gave everyone a good insight into how volunteers benefit from being at the Farm.

“All of the groups that attended the tour were enthused by what we do here supporting people with long-term health and social issues. They all work with the type of people we support but may not have been aware of what we do or how we work, so it was a great opportunity for everyone concerned. It is certainly something we will be looking at doing again in the near future.”

Rhubarb Farm is a social enterprise in Langwith, on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, which works with a wide range of vulnerable people facing serious personal challenges. Rhubarb Farm offers training and volunteering opportunities to ex-offenders, drug and alcohol misusers, people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and teenagers struggling with behaviour problems. It aims to increase their self-esteem, improve their lives and help them make a positive contribution to their community.

Rhubarb Farm was opened in 2011 with the aim of providing work placements, training and volunteering opportunities through the medium of growing fruit and vegetables for market. Rhubarb Farm now cultivates eight acres of land on which it grows over 35 different varieties of fruit and vegetables as well as rearing 100 hens which produce eggs for sale. Over 300 volunteers have come to the Farm, of which 70 have gone on to gain employment or further education through the support of the experienced staff.

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Photo Caption: Jennie Street (centre, back row) with the guests attending the special tour.

Contact details: Rhubarb Farm CIC, Hardwick Street, Langwith, NG20 9DRTel. 01623-741-210
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For further information or to book interviews in respect of the above, please call Graham Parker at Parker PR Ltd on 01623 638023 or 07977 448 306

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Gardening author, businesswoman and National Gardens Scheme (NGS) member Sarah Wint will be visiting Rhubarb Farm in Langwith, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire as part of her two-year tour of gardens which feature in the NGS Yellow Book of gardens to visit in England and Wales.

Sarah will be pulling up in her distinctive bright yellow VW campervan “Daisy Bus” on July 3rd at 12 noon and staying for the afternoon, when she will no doubt end up doing some digging and weeding Rhubarb Farm web

The visit from Sarah comes in the week before Rhubarb Farm opens its doors in support of the NGS. The Farm is open to the public on Wednesday July 8th, with guided tours taking place at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30. NGS gardens usually open at the weekend with tea and cakes on offer but the uniqueness of Rhubarb Farm has required a change to that format.

All of the gardens on Sarah’s tour open to the public and raise funds for charities, with Rhubarb Farm being one of 68 NGS gardens in Nottinghamshire, with some of the smaller ones opening in groups. .

Sarah’s tour is calling at over 50 different gardens that have a particular story to tell of how undertaking gardening can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Rhubarb Farm is a community-run enterprise that works with a wide range of young people and adults facing serious personal challenges. Rhubarb Farm offers training and volunteering opportunities to ex-offenders, drug and alcohol misusers, people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and teenagers struggling with behaviour problems, to increase their self-esteem, improve their lives and make a positive contribution to their community.

Sarah's own story is a bittersweet one. Her passion for gardening grew as she came to terms with the grief of not being able to have children.

Her experience has left Sarah fascinated with the restorative and therapeutic effects of gardening. She cites many cases of gardening as therapy such as in the Second World War trenches where soldiers established gardens on the front line. It is this interest in the positive impact that gardening can have on mental health which has drawn Sarah to Rhubarb Farm.

“I’m very keen to see first-hand how the work at Rhubarb Farm is helping people to rebuild their lives. I’m particularly interested to see the work with prisoners and ex-offenders and to have the chance to speak with volunteers and people on the courses. My tour is essentially a research project that will inform the content of a new book I’m planning and being able to record these experiences will be vital to my writing,” says Sarah.

Sarah’s tour can be followed by reading her blog at www.daisybusadventures.wordpress.com or by following her on Twitter @daisy_bus

Rhubarb Farm is the only visit Sarah will be making during the first week of July (she normally averages three gardens in seven days) as she will be busy hosting two garden openings of her home at Brook Farm, near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire. Lots of NGS supporters open their gardens up to the public with the aim of raising funds for charities.

Jennie Street is Managing Director of Rhubarb Farm and says everyone there is looking forward to welcoming Sarah.

“We share a lot of the same beliefs that Sarah holds on the curative nature of gardening. We cannot wait to talk to her about our projects and the positive outcomes experienced by the volunteers. We have something else in common with Sarah – we also have a bright yellow bus, but ours is nicknamed the Yellow Submarine!” says Jennie.

Rhubarb Farm was opened in 2011 with the aim of providing work placements, training and volunteering opportunities for people with long-term needs, through the medium of growing fruit and vegetables for market, which in turn generates income to support Rhubarb Farm’s work. From its humble beginnings in clearing a huge bramble patch, Rhubarb Farm now cultivates eight acres of land on which it grows over 35 different varieties of fruit and vegetables as well as rearing 100 hens which produce eggs for sale. Over 300 volunteers have come to the farm, of which 70 have gone on to gain employment or further education through the support they received from the skilled staff team. 

Sarah is also the founder of the Honeysuckle Trust charity which was named after one of Sarah’s favourite flowers. It will sponsor people who have been bereaved to take short gardening breaks so they can restore their well-being through active participation in gardening. “We don’t just want to send people home exhausted after digging someone’s vegetable patch,” says Sarah. “There are lots of gentle jobs that can be done which I have always found comforting - it’s almost like undertaking meditation.”

Horticultural therapy stretches back some 5,000 years and is known to have been used by ancient Egyptian physicians who were said to have suggested walks in gardens for their patients, while in the 14th century Irish monks prescribed time in the garden for those who were “troubled”. In 1798 the American professor of medicine Dr Benjamin Rush noted that “digging the soil has a curative effect on troubled souls”.

In an article for the Nursing Times, Mathew Page, of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucester, speculated that the giving of hope might be the key benefit of gardening therapy. He wrote: “…there may be something in gardening associated with providing hope for those who may have little else to hope for. This might, ultimately, be the most beneficial aspect of gardening therapy.”

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Photo caption - L-R, Rhubarb Farm Horticulturalist, Sharon Storey; Terry Wilson and John Bennett, volunteers at Rhubarb Farm.

Contact details: Rhubarb Farm CIC, Hardwick Street, Langwith, NG20 9DR
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhubarb-Farm/222740847792024

TWITTER:  @RHUBARBFARM1

Website www.rhubarbfarm.org.uk

Sarah’s book ‘The Heartfelt Garden’ is available from Amazon on Kindle (with 50% of the proceeds going to The Honeysuckle Trust). Hardback copies priced at £10.50 can also be ordered from www.heartfeltgarden.co.uk

For more information on bereavement breaks, visit www.honeysuckletrust.co.uk

For further information or to book interviews in respect of the above, please call Graham Parker at Parker PR Ltd on 01623 638023 or 07977 448 306

This news release was created by Parker PR Ltd. All comments and information above have been approved by those quoted and are not the responsibility of Parker PR Ltd, which takes no responsibility for any actions arising out of the publication of them in any form of media or spoken word.

Earlier this year I teamed up with a number of journalism and PR students from Nottingham Trent University with the aim of giving them projects to work on, which in turn would create something for their personal portfolios.

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We did this by offering free PR support to SME's and charities in the Nottingham area - and I'm delighted to say it has come good on our first project. Emma Page is a student that has been working with Nottingham based charity support organisation Gifts4you.tv and a number of charities it works with. Coverage has already been generated in the Luton News Herald and Post (see it here) for the charity Happy Days, which sends young people with mental and physical disabilities on days out.

I'm delighted that this win-win strategy of supporting students, local businesses and charities has worked so well.

My client, Ellesmere Children's Centre in Sheffield is looking for responses to a tender to refit the Victorian School and Caretaker's building in which it is housed. There will be some considerable renovation work to be done as the caretaker's building and some of the school buildings have been left empty for some time and need bringing up to date and made fit for use. If you are interested in applying for the work, please dowload the paperwork below and contact Sharon Curtis, Centre Manager on 0114 281 2143 

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