Five A Day Market Garden is a not for profit community supported project that started in January 2009. The two acre garden is situated in the beautiful and tranquil hamlet of Englefield approximately seven miles west of Reading, Berkshire.
Volunteers: The project is run by Pam Goddard the Project Co-ordinator and her band of experienced volunteers. In the last few years, volunteer numbers have risen steadily and we now have over forty volunteers.
Green Gardening: Five A Day Market Garden aims to engage the rural and urban community in accessing affordable and naturally grown fruits, salads and vegetables. Traditionally, food grown in this labour intensive manner has tended to be highly priced and outside the reach of many people. Food is grown according to the seasons, which we think makes our salads, fruits and vegetables taste great. Our produce is sold in biodegradable paper bags.
Here at Five A Day Market Garden we are trying to be as green as green can be. Our naturally grown produce is started in trays in organic compost and we use organic seeds as much as possible. We make as much home made compost as we can to spread in the garden during the Autumn months. We also use green manures such as comfrey and Phacelia.
Conservation: Looking after wildlife is important to us! We have a number of wildlife areas within the garden including two ponds, a bog garden, beetle loggeries, beetle banks (wild flower strips) and a variety of bird and bats boxes. We also feed the garden birds during the winter months with sunflower seeds, whole nuts and fat balls. In 2014, we were thrilled to be runners up in the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award.
Education: Our learning opportunities take place from early Spring all the way through to December. We offer educational one off visits, workshops and courses to people of all ages – from toddlers to people in their 90′s!
“We had a brilliant morning and really enjoyed all the exciting activities you planned for us. When we got back to school, we couldn’t stop talking about all the fun things we did and all the new things we had learnt!”
Our educational programme covers a range of topics such as green gardening, conservation and eco art. Have a look at our events page for more details.
Team Building: We welcome lots of corporate groups each year who are looking to do something a little bit different and want to make a difference in their community! Groups are typically given a choice of gardening / D.I.Y / or conservation projects.
“Best volunteer day yet! Planting was fun and I hope we do it again next year.”