We meet regularly at the Green Fingers site for two hours, situated at the heart of the beautiful Worcestershire Countryside. On site there is an artic lorry that has been converted into a fabulous tree house. Our site also has lots of other fantastic features including a poly tunnel, allotment, fruit area, orchard, pond and wildlife area, willow tunnel, woodland area, eco loos, sandpit, tin forest, recycled sculptures and art work by the young people and we have even adopted the farm’s chickens and pigs! We are also working on some new features – a Wildlife Nature Trail, a Sensory Garden and a recycled Igloo made from milk cartons. The treehouse, equipped with its own water and gas supply enables us to use our rural site all year round.
Each Green Fingers Session we always run an arts and crafts activity and there is always gardening and maintenance to do for the site, which is great for the older young people to engage with. We do however offer other activities dependent on time of year and staffing including woodwork, fishing, cooking, nature and wildlife activities, team building activities such as den making and parachute games, pond dipping, planting seasonal produce and more.
The Green Fingers sessions have provided a safe and nurturing environment for the young people to discover things about themselves and the world around them, learn new skills and express themselves. The activities have taught the young people where food comes from and how to grow your own fruit and vegetables, which in turn has increased their knowledge of healthy lifestyles and has impacted on their overall health and well-being. These activities have been particularly good at building the young people’s self-esteem and confidence, and developing social and communication skills.
“The Green Fingers Project has shown how creative and inspiring a project can be. No one could have imagined the impact it has made on the lives of children and young people. The setting is breathtaking and just being there is therapeutic in itself. The hard work, motivation and ideas of the staff help create a range of opportunities for all children and young people regardless of their age or interests.”
Jake Shaw — Children’s Services Group Manager for Residential and Commissioning Services
For more information then please contact the Green Fingers team.