Young Operation Farmers’ Launch Night

‘I Can Grow’ with The Young Operation Farmers

We have had some sizzling summer news, having been awarded £9,988 from The Big Lottery.

This will fund a 12-month ‘Young Operation Farmers’ Project, aimed at 9-14-year olds, focusing on four important themes – wildlife, climate change, food growing and wellbeing.


Supported by community educators, The Young Operation Farmers Group will meet regularly, to learn new skills and plan and organise activities in their local community. The project is adopting the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s, ‘I Can Grow’ Programme, which encourages young people to discover the benefits of gardening, by taking positive action and making small changes in their local community.

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Operation Farm co-founder, Ali Shockledge said, “I’m really excited about running this project, it’s designed to be led by young people as much as possible. They will be encouraged to think how they could use plants to solve a problem or support a cause that means something to them. I really hope it inspires the next generation of gardeners, cooks, naturalists and environmental campaigners!”
Young Operation Farmer and RHS Young Ambassador George Hassall, aged 12, said, “I’m mad about wildlife and gardening and it’d be great to meet other kids who share the same interest and want to do something about it in their local area”.
The fund will also be used to maintain Hyde Park Community Orchard and for Operation Farm’s autumn Abundance programme, where fruit trees are ‘picked n pressed’.
If you are interested in joining the Young Operation Farmers’ Project, comment below or for more information please email alison.shockledge@gmail.com