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A forest for the future

Mill Hill tree nursery will help adults and young people with health and social care needs

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By Barnet Post 03 February 2022

SweetTree Fields Farm in Mill Hill has won £4,500 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to build a dedicated tree nursery – with the trees destined to regenerate the seven-acre woodland on the site as well as other spaces within the community. SweetTree Fields Farm in Mill Hill has won £4,500 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to build a dedicated tree nursery – with the trees destined to regenerate the seven-acre woodland on the site as well as other spaces within the community. 

The farm is a specially-designed therapeutic environment that uses animals and nature to help those with support needs to learn new skills and lead more healthy, active and independent lives. The farm is a specially-designed therapeutic environment that uses animals and nature to help those with support needs to learn new skills and lead more healthy, active and independent lives. 

The tree nursery area will be accessible to adults and young people with health and social care needs to help develop an understanding of trees and what it’s like to work in a tree nursery, as well as learning about the importance of biodiversity. It is hoped some of those working on-site will move on to positions in nurseries in the community. The tree nursery area will be accessible to adults and young people with health and social care needs to help develop an understanding of trees and what it’s like to work in a tree nursery, as well as learning about the importance of biodiversity. It is hoped some of those working on-site will move on to positions in nurseries in the community. 

Robert Barnes, director of SweetTree Farming for All, which uses the farm to support disadvantaged young people, said: “The funds will help our passionate team to acquire the initial tree stock and build the tree nursery area. Robert Barnes, director of SweetTree Farming for All, which uses the farm to support disadvantaged young people, said: “The funds will help our passionate team to acquire the initial tree stock and build the tree nursery area. 

“As well as helping those we support, this project offers us a chance to make a very real impact on global warming through regenerating the woodlands. We will be making the trees grown available to local parks and other bodies as well. This is an incredible project that helps not only those with support needs but also the community at large.” “As well as helping those we support, this project offers us a chance to make a very real impact on global warming through regenerating the woodlands. We will be making the trees grown available to local parks and other bodies as well. This is an incredible project that helps not only those with support needs but also the community at large.” 

Barry Sweetbaum, founder of South Hampstead-based SweetTree Home Care Services, which runs the farm, recognised the vital contributions that have helped the project to work. Barry Sweetbaum, founder of South Hampstead-based SweetTree Home Care Services, which runs the farm, recognised the vital contributions that have helped the project to work. 

“Thanks to Aviva, we have the funding needed to put the infrastructure in place and purchase the trees which we will plant and grow-on for transplanting into the woodland. We have also had endless support from Lawsons Builders in Whetstone throughout the development of the care farm and cannot thank them enough for their commitment to helping the farm and those we serve.” “Thanks to Aviva, we have the funding needed to put the infrastructure in place and purchase the trees which we will plant and grow-on for transplanting into the woodland. We have also had endless support from Lawsons Builders in Whetstone throughout the development of the care farm and cannot thank them enough for their commitment to helping the farm and those we serve.” 

Gemma Johnson, farm project manager, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our co-workers to engage in a project which addresses climate change. Gemma Johnson, farm project manager, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our co-workers to engage in a project which addresses climate change. 

“With huge thanks to Aviva, we now have the funds to take on another meaningful project like the tree nursery which until now was beyond our sights. I cannot think of any other environment where learning how to work in a tree nursery is on the course list for those with special needs. We feel very privileged to be able to introduce this as a new programme in 2022.” “With huge thanks to Aviva, we now have the funds to take on another meaningful project like the tree nursery which until now was beyond our sights. I cannot think of any other environment where learning how to work in a tree nursery is on the course list for those with special needs. We feel very privileged to be able to introduce this as a new programme in 2022.” 

The Aviva Community Fund supports applications from projects which help to create a more sustainable future. The Aviva Community Fund supports applications from projects which help to create a more sustainable future. 

Paula Hall from Aviva said: “We’ve been running the Aviva Community Fund for over five years now and we’re proud to have helped thousands of charities and good causes to make a difference across their communities within the UK. Paula Hall from Aviva said: “We’ve been running the Aviva Community Fund for over five years now and we’re proud to have helped thousands of charities and good causes to make a difference across their communities within the UK. 

“The SweetTree Fields Farm nursery is a fantastic example of the difference the Aviva Community Fund can make.”“The SweetTree Fields Farm nursery is a fantastic example of the difference the Aviva Community Fund can make.”