Sleekburn’s summer open day

08 Aug 2017

A sizzling BBQ, fresh organic vegetables, and a live jazz band are all on offer at the Sleekburn Horticultural Training Unit’s August  open day.

The busy horticultural training unit is opening its doors on Saturday 19 August  between 11am and 2pm,  

Visitors can pop in, enjoy a BBQ and live music and take a tour around the purpose built training facility including the several acres of vegetable and soft fruit patches, greenhouses, potting shed, secret gardens and the stable building and paddock which is home to the centre’s resident horses.

The  BBQ will be running from 12.30 for which there will be a  charge of £5 per person.

Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult well being and health, said:

“This  project gives people with all levels of learning disabilities the opportunity to work as part of a team to plant, grow and harvest crops while also selling to and engaging with members of the local community.

“The adults have been working hard throughout the spring and summer tending to a fantastic array of fruit and vegetables which  have been grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

“If you are able to support their work by  coming along, having a look around the site, seeing what we do, and perhaps making a purchase  please do.”

Produce on sale at the opening day will all be freshly picked and all money from the sales will be reinvested back into the service.

The centre is used by adults with learning disabilities and is managed by Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

The unit supports 18 adults each day, providing the opportunity to  work as part of a team to plant, grow and harvest a number of crops and to learn how to look after horses and hens.

Food will be served from 12pm .There is a charge of £5 per person for the barbecue.

Sleekburn Horticultural Training Unit can be found at West Sleekburn Farm Cottages in Bedlington, NE22 7AD, just follow the brown sign to Sleekburn Kitchen Gardens.