A community-owned farm in Market Drayton puts a smile on the faces during lockdown.

Fordhall farm Straw Bale BUnkhouse

The staff at Fordhall Organic Farm donated boxes containing cream teas and pork pies, plus wartime music CDs, lavender pouches, wartime poems, blue, red and white pom poms and a host of other goodies to four nursing homes to help them celebrate VE day.

They also introduced ‘afternoon amble’ activities every Friday.  These comprised a relaxing walk, free tea and cake, and a simple craft session and were introduced in response to the increase in anxiety and isolation many felt during lock down. Access to wonderful free green space at the farm is hugely restorative for mental well-being.  The hope is that these sessions will build resilience, peace and most importantly help to forge new friendships.