Based in Barton-Upon-Humber, with sites on Waterside Road and Falkland Way, the EcoSerenity Project CIC is a community based venture started from a vision by Andy Douce, founder and project manager of the community interest company.
The project has 2 separate but conjoined purposes. Firstly, a place of serenity for those experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and isolation. The project provides a place of neutral origin to allow people to unwind, collect their thoughts and with the assistance of animals, horticulture and crafts to channel their energy in more positive way.
The other ethos of the project is a place of education on animals and their husbandry, sustainability, horticulture and the origins of the foods we eat – from vegetables through to the meat on our plates.
With an emphasis on promoting the reduction in single use plastics and landfill, and an increase in composting, renewable resources and awareness of food miles.
Families are welcome to attend around the slowly increasing opening hours, although its roots are firmly to support mental health, autism and those experiencing physical and learning difficulties. Animal husbandry and care standards are paramount to a happy atmosphere, but its worthy to note that the project isn’t an animal rescue or petting farm, it is a working farm.
They already sell farm fresh eggs, from their free roaming stock of chickens. Soon they will have their own locally field reared pork. The vision is to eventually be self-sustaining from the sale of products in its farm shop.
The project has been running a little over 4 months and has attracted several regular volunteers, most work on site has been clearance and animal care, but there soon will be opportunities in crafts and woodwork, to complement the income generating items, and to allow people to get hands on with both something new, or indeed something that visitors are already familiar.
The main site is on Waterside Road, approx. 200m on the left after the Sloop Inn. Turning through the gates takes you into the main yard for access to the project.
On Facebook, follow the page or join the group for all the latest updates and additional times when the site is open for access.