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Diss Community Farm; ‘It’s a splendid place’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 01 June 2018

Diss Community Farm, which was set up in 2011. Picture: Diss Community Farm / Sine Chesterman

Diss Community Farm, which was set up in 2011. Picture: Diss Community Farm / Sine Chesterman

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In a small field behind a south Norfolk pub a team of gardeners are busily tending to their crops of squash, onions, potatoes and tomato plants, stopping only briefly for a quick coffee break and a slice of well earned cake.

Diss Community Farm occupies a half acre field in Diss. Picture: Diss Community Farm / Sine ChestermanDiss Community Farm occupies a half acre field in Diss. Picture: Diss Community Farm / Sine Chesterman

They are members of Diss Community Farm and are part of a project which, since it was launched in 2011 has flourished, but now the small group are encouraging more people to join their team and benefit from the farm.

Located behind The Fighting Cocks Pubs in Diss, the half acre field used by the community farm is home to three poly tunnels, growing beds, storage areas and a communal space for members to socialise whilst taking a break from the gardening.

Meeting at least once a week, the group grow a range of organic vegetables and often produces enough for each member to take home a box of produce at the end of each meeting.

One of the founding members of the farm, Gary Alexander explained what being involved with the farm meant to him: “Personally, I’m very concerned with the environment this is and being part of the farm a major step for me, it means the bulk of my vegetables are local, sustainable and co-operative, but even if I wasn’t environmentally concerned its just having very local vegetables without having the commitment and experience.”

Members of Diss Community Farm. Picture: Diss Community Farm / Sine ChestermanMembers of Diss Community Farm. Picture: Diss Community Farm / Sine Chesterman

Adding that the group welcomed those without any gardening knowledge as well as those with the 75 year-old added: “Some of us do have our own gardens but it’s doing it in company with other people, it’s social there are nice chats, the business is all done in the coffee breaks, there is almost no money involved and you don’t need to anything about gardening.

“It’s quite a splendid place, it’s like a super organised allotment, with tools, storage and watering facilities. It’s a different experience to having your own private garden, it’s much more organised and its all there.”

To find out more about the farm and to become a member visit the farm web site: www.disscommunityfarm.wordpress.com.

Are you a community group or project in Diss? Email: sabrina.johnson@archant.co.uk

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