Project information

Growing Groundwork

We are developing a 10 acre site for growing local food and trees, and the work is being done by adults with long term health conditions and disabilities. We support people to maximise abilities, and provide them with high quality work experience and skills.
We also do gardening in the community.

March 2012 - December 2016

Charity information: Just The Job Environmental Enterprises Limited

Just The Job Environmental Enterprises Limited logo
  • Need


    We aim to reduce food miles, work with the local Transition Town Group and the local community and integrate people with disabilities into the local food producer networks.
    We also wish to grow trees for coppicing for woodfuel, supplying our woodfuel project.


    The project give us our own growing space in which to develop the skills of a disadvantaged section of the local community- people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, and mental health problems. The theraputic benefits of horticulture are well documented, and we have our own Occupational Therapist working with the project Team to ensure that skills and abilities are maximised.
    We are also growing trees to ensure that there are woodfuel supplies in the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide locally grown food through satisfying work experience for people with disabilities


    » preparing the site for growing
    » sowing, planting and tending plants

    What success will look like

    Success will be evidenced by a fully functional site at the end of this growing season, with a good harvest, and systems in place for maximising the resources available.

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be evidenced in the skills of the project team members, and their ability to produce crops and work collaboratively with members of the local community.
    We will demonstrate this in a number of ways, including in self evaluation, peer evaluation and by holding events with the local community.
    We also aim to facilitate some people in finding work placements and employment, working with the local business community.


    We have a 20 year lease with the local council for the land, and have had some grants for the development of the infrastructure. We need to secure additional income for the work team to have sufficient support and to pay some overheads.


    We will provide progress reports as requested. We also have a website, created and managed by one of our work team members with a long term disability. This will be continuously updated to demonstrate progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 staffing project leader for two years
      £5,000 admin wages, IT web managment. reporting
      £9,500 infrastructure storage, equipment, security etc
      £6,000 land, legal etc water, road, legal fees, planning perm. etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Awards for All £9,500 Guaranteed
    Rennaisance Market Town £6,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The location is adjacent to the Gallowfields Trading Estate in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Recently a Rennaissance Market Town, and voted one of the best towns in Britain, it does have a section of the populations that is disadvantaged economically and socially, and our Work Team Members are all referred to us because they have difficulties in gaining employment because of long term educational, social of health conditions. Just the Job was created by young adults who want to change this.


    Our principal beneficiaries are the Work team members and their carers, but we know the project has gained support from the local council
    because it had direct benefits also to the local community. We will be restoring a derelict plot of land into a thriving workplace, producing food and trees and a community orchard benefiting local people for years to come.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a track record in this type of work, and have all the relevant skills
    to deliver. Current cuts in funding to local authorities have meant that we are struggling to find revenue funding to staff projects that require considerable input, but with limited short term financial payback. We are seeking additional financial support to help us bridge the gap.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Biggs

    Steve is a Team Supervisor, with years of experience in working with people with disabilities. He has a degree in Environmental management.

Tree planting at warcop

Tree planting at warcop

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