Holme Farm is a community hub that will include workshops, gardens and wildlife across 8 acres. It is a multi-facility approach to health, wellbeing and community, and will provide a therapeutic environment in which people within North Surrey can socialise, learn and thrive.
Improving People’s Lives
Many people assume that community gardens are just nice places to visit where plants are grown and animals kept. But that is far from the whole picture.
Ours will also offer an amazing array of benefits and opportunities, including education programmes, healthy living initiatives, work and skills training, volunteer opportunities, environmental schemes, horticultural therapy groups, facilities for people with disabilities…the list goes on and on!
Who We Are
Three years ago Ronnie Kendall, supported by his wife Christine, alighted on the idea of building a community workshop in Woodham, which could offer a space for people to come together, help address loneliness and support wellbeing. Since then the aims of the project have increased, withRonnie and the committee of volunteers now hoping to deliver a range of facilities which could not only benefit the local community but also work with schools, charities and the NHS.
While campaigners had been working hard to set out the vision for the project and opportunities it represented, unfortunately the area they had identified as ideal for the project was deemed unsuitable by DEFRA, who currently own the land. However, at a meeting between Dr Ben Spencer MP and DEFRA Minister Rebecca Pow MP earlier this year, the Department did agree to reconsider and requested that a business case be presented.
Campaigners, led by Mr Kendall and with the support of the local MP, local councillors, Runnymede Borough Council and supported by hundreds of local residents, have been working tirelessly to prepare a comprehensive business case for the project. Dr Ben Spencer has now submitted this business case to DEFRA, in the hope this will unlock the key hurdle to realising this ambitious project.