GARDENER Zoe Jong is offering the local community a chance to enjoy quality outdoor time at Foxhole Community Garden on the Dartington Estate, growing food and cooking over an open fire. Zoe brought the site back into use last year to offer garden and outdoor sessions and in particular to provide a safe space for vulnerable groups to enjoy gardening. “I set up the garden to offer the local community opportunities to be outdoors and to connect with each other and the land,” said Zoe. “Foxhole Garden is somewhere we can experience shared connection of tending a garden and the magic of growing and cooking food together.” Fox Tots on a Wednesday mornings is a Forest School session for children aged 0-5 and their grown-ups can also enjoy being outside connecting round a fire with hot drinks and a harvested snack. The session includes seasonal activities, outdoor crafts and stories, gardening fun and free play around the mud kitchen, pond, willow dome, orchard and a developing sensory herb and plant area. Activities for children include growing seeds, harvesting, cooking and eating straight off the plant, leading to them developing an understating of where their food comes from at a very young age. On Tuesday the garden welcomes volunteers to tend the garden with a range of activities in particular for those who may not have the physical ability to sustain heavy gardening work. Over the last year the volunteers have built raised beds, started planning and planting the sensory area, wildlife pond and annual veg beds. They have created art work, willow tipis, weeded, sown, mown, cared for the orchard, harvested for their concession stall and still had time to chat with hot drinks and soup around the fire. Zoe has a number of sessions running at the garden, including supported gardening for adults with learning disabilities and a Saturday organic, no-dig gardening course. Following the success of open days with singing and harvesting last year, there are more planned this year. To find out more visit www. foxholecommunitygarden. org.uk or on Facebook as Foxhole Garden, email zoe@ foxholecommunitygarden.org.uk, or call 07505 805111.