Wye Community Farm is owned and run by its members and is set up as a Community Land Trust. It’s main aim is in demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed. The Farm manages livestock, farmland and woodlands around the village of Wye, near Ashford in Kent. Volunteers and visitors come to the Farm to help with the work, learn about farming and rural crafts, and take part in various groups and activities.
The Allen Lane Foundation has offered a £4,000 grant towards the Farm’s Wagons Roll project. The project will involve around 20 people carrying out their community payback services in partnership with Kent Probation, at the local Brook Agricultural Museum. Working alongside skilled craftspeople, the attendees will help to restore a bullock cart at the Museum, learning skills such as carpentry, leather work, iron craft and sign-writing. Acquiring such skills will help attendees improve their employment prospects, and they will also benefit from being part of a team, working with others, seeing their efforts and hard work being valued; and ultimately help to reduce the likelihood of them re-offending.