Opportunities in Dorchester

If you’re interested in getting your hands into the soil or you’d like to improve your cooking skills or you want to get creative, why not check out these great opportunities: 

Transition Town Dorchester Community Farm

Situated on the edge of Poundbury, Dorchester, Under Lanche Community Farm was the first project by the Transition Town Dorchester group. We have bees, geese and also a couple of Indian runner ducks which help to keep the slug population down. Nearby, we have also recently taken on the management of the Poundbury Community Orchard which includes 60 fruit trees. We are just digging a wildlife pond.

Farm work days: 10am – 3pm, every 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday of the month.

This is our first major project and is open to anyone who is interested, not just TTD members. It’s not all work, get to know like minded folk in between growing, sowing, weeding, watering and feeding the hens. Its a great opportunity to share ideas on providing a more sustainable future for our community and plan our future projects.

For further information, contact Kate Forrester, kate@da21.org.uk

Railway Community Orchard

Railway Community Orchard has been created on what was an area of overgrown land and we’ve been very busy clearing away brambles and sycamores and planting trees and fruit bushes… and we’ve got bees… a pond… wildlife… and a place for picnics too! We have in the last couple of months had some lovely trees donated by Waitrose. 110 fruit and hedgerow trees were donated by the Woodland Trust for the creation of an edible hedge!

Orchard work days: 11am – 3pm, 1st Saturday every month.

Railway Orchard is open to anyone. We need your help… so put on your strongest boots, bring your ideas and some lunch and come down and join in! You will find us along the footpath behind the garages at the eastern end of Monmouth road or from the footpath alongside the railway at the eastern end of Alfred Road (at the back of Dorchester South Station).

For further information contact: Kate Forrester. Email: kate@da21.org.uk

Casterbridge Food Co-operative

Transition towns rely on their community in order to flourish. With a strong emphasis on using local food producers and supporting fairtrade products, Casterbridge Food Co-operative allows its members to shop as part of a collective in order to benefit from wholesale prices and share out delivery costs.

Casterbridge Food Co-operative is open to anyone looking to source food more sustainably. We use a workers co-operative, Essential Trading, from Bristol for our store cupboard items and local suppliers where possible for everything else.

Order days: The beginning of every other month, starting January.

Email: cfc@transitiontowndorchester.org or phone Ian on 07796 950092 for more details or to register.

Dorchester Wildlife Garden Goes Incredible Edible

Dorset Wildlife Trust are championing ‘Wild About Gardens’ week by teaming up with Transition Town Dorchester for the launch of a new ‘Incredible edibles’ scheme in the Dorchester Wildlife Garden. The Garden is sited in the grounds of All Saints Church on the corner of Acland Road and High East Street.

Contact Kate Forrester. Email: kate@da21.org.uk

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