A little bit about us!

The Five A Day Market Garden is situated in the beautiful village of Englefield, West Berkshire. We are a not-for-profit community supported project which aims to engage the rural and urban community by:
- selling affordable, healthy, naturally grown produce
- educating children, adults and older people within an outdoor therapeutic environment, with a focus on art, nature and fruit and vegetable production
- encouraging people to get involved through volunteering
- offering a unique team building experience to corporate organisations

Awarded 2nd place in the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award 2014.
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Welcome to the garden!

We'll be back gardening in early March 2017 and we are always looking for more wonderful volunteers to help in the garden, get fit and eat lots of cake! Do get in touch if you would like to join our fantastic team of gardeners - no experience required!.

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Corporate Team Building

During 2014, we welcomed a range of corporate groups…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best volunteer day yet! “

“An excellent team building day, enjoyable from start to finish.”

“A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding day.  Great support from the people on site and I’ve really got to know many of my colleagues much better.”

“Great day and really fun.  Very rewarding to see the progress and how it will benefit the community.  It would be great to be able to come back and help again! Great for team work. Highly recommended!”

 

Five A Day Market Garden offers a professional, friendly and innovative team building experience to corporate businesses within the beautiful setting of the Englefield Estate.

Why do it?
Team building days are great opportunities for businesses to get the best out of their employees by:

improving morale  and motivation
fostering team spirit and group working
promoting innovation
developing leadership skills.

Just as important, our team building days are great fun, and it’s always good to have a day out of the office! More and more companies are demonstrating their corporate social responsibilities by volunteering for local projects and helping the local community.

What can we offer?
At Five A Day Market Garden, corporate groups are typically given a choice of gardening / D.I.Y / or conservation projects.  For example, you might choose to construct a raised gardening bed, or create a wildlife area.  We can also introduce a fun element to the day with activities such as fire making (without using matches or lighters)! and environmental art.

We can accommodate groups for a half day or full day.  Dates and times are are very flexible, so please get in touch to discuss further.  Ample parking is available and we are in a very accessible location: just a ten minute drive from junction 12 of the M4.  All necessary insurances, health and safety and risk assessments are in place to ensure a smooth running day. We can arrange lunch from our local tea room as well!

What do we ask from you?
All we ask from you is a contribution towards the costs of materials and / or tools used on the day, plus a donation to Five A Day Market Garden. This will usually be about £20 per person.  We are a not-for-profit community project so you can be assured that your financial input helps us to offer greater opportunities to the more disadvantaged groups in society.

A visit beforehand is recommended to discuss ideas.  For more information, email Pam Goddard the Project Co-ordinator at pam@fiveaday.org.uk  or telephone 07939 676050.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got some fantastic projects lined up for 2015.  Here’s some examples of how you could get involved and make a difference!

  1. We want to create a sculpture trail through the garden using environmental art and nature!  This is a task for a group looking for a day with a difference!  Examples of possible sculptures include giant willow dragonflies and butterflies, a ceramic apple mosaic and a green turf sofa!
  2. D.I.Y enthusiasts look no further!  We want to get even greener by building an attractive recycling area to encourage our visitors to recycle their paper, plastic and compostable materials.
  3. We sell naturally grown fruit and vegetables to the local community.  We want to create an attractive sales area with a seating area for our lovely customers!
  4. For a group who want to get fit! We want to add wood chip to our soft fruit areas to retain water in the soil, reduce weeds and increase the attractiveness of the fruit areas!  Lots of energy required for this task!
  5. Help us to improve our water conservation!  We want to fit guttering to our sheds and polytunnels and purchase water butts and tanks to collect rain water.

Testimonials
Here is what some of our recent visitors have said:

Microsoft, Reading :

“Being involved in Five A Day Market Garden has been fantastic – a great opportunity to spend time with the team and support such a worthy cause”.  Steve Lamb

“Thank you for a brilliant day.  It was a great experience and really fun to see our work take shape.  I would thoroughly recommend people get involved – it’s a fantastic team building day”. H Thompson

“What a fab day.  Hard work, but incredibly satisfying to see our work take shape.  We’ll be back to watch the plants grow.” Nick Morris

“Good luck with the Five A Day Market Garden and enjoy the new seating area.  We had fun making it!” Lucy Rich

“Thank you for a fabulous day – it was wonderful to work as a team and feel a sense of achievement at the end of the day.  Enjoyed every minute.” Nicola Taylor

KPMG Accountants, Arlington Business Park, Theale:

“Today was a great opportunity to do something different and help out a worthy cause.  Even though it rained, there was a positive attitude throughout the whole team.” Jonathon Hellem

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to help out.  It was a great day and was great to do something in the community.” Ashley Rees

“A great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone.  Amazing day!Sukh

“Gardening at Five A Day was great fun and all the people here are lovely.  It was a great opportunity to get stuck in – thanks for having us.” Ruth

Had a blast this afternoon.  Really enjoyable.  Thank you. Anna

“Had a great day with you all.  The raised bed looks almost good enough to sleep in.  Hope you have some great lettuces from it.” Richard B.R.

You can find the Five A Day Market Garden at: The Street, Englefield, Theale, RG7 5EL For a map and directions, Click here