Following the buzz of our previous volunteering experience, we decided to don our gardening gloves once again and get involved with the local community. We spent the day helping out at the Surrey Docks Farm, organised by Team London Bridge, who arrange projects and events that benefit businesses and employees located in the London Bridge area.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Thames and London’s high rise skyline, the Surrey Docks Farm offers a unique experience for visitors and volunteers alike providing a variety of opportunities for people to learn about farming and food production.
From hosting school visits to running projects for adults with learning disabilities, the farm is well and truly at the heart of the community. The Surrey Docks is also grounded in history, literally, set on the site of an old ship yard which once provided docking for water ambulances during the outbreak of smallpox and the river fire station.
Immersed in the history is where our day began, as we were assigned the task to excavate and dig a plot for a new display cabinet housing artefacts that had been discovered washed up along the Thames shoreline. Most of our day was spent digging the foundation holes for the cabinet, and when they were deep enough that we almost disappeared into them, we were able to help set the cabinet in the ground.
It was a delight to see the finished project at the end of the day and so lovely to see such well cared for animals. We all wished we could bring them back with us to the office, especially the piglets!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day volunteering and it was such a pleasure to work alongside such enthusiastic staff who have a real passion for farming in the heart of London.
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