The Nurture Project team was treated to a glorious Autumn day for our recent Open Afternoon; a rather grey and dreary morning transforming into blue skies and sunshine just in time for our visitors to arrive at our headquarters near Fakenham. The welcome weather gave us the chance to showcase our horticultural therapy work in all our spaces, including the walled garden, ephemeral pond, quiet garden and woodland walk.
Happy chickens, content to sunbathe and scratch around in their spacious run took no notice as people walked through the orchard area to the marquee where a display board outlined the principles of what we do, with tea and cakes on offer. Edina and Patsy, the two Black Berkshire rare breed pigs who live just beside the office, also paid little attention to the excitement!
Our visitors were mostly made up of health clinicians, independent health practitioners, voluntary and community organisations, local councils, horticulturists and clients, and it meant so much to us to have the opportunity to chat about the progress we have made and the plans we have for the future – in the form of our outreach group work. We received invaluable feedback and positive encouragement, putting us in a strong position to extend our reach to more people in the community.