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Stockwood Community Benefit Society

Who benefits

Stockwood Community Benefit Society supports the local environment through Rush Farm and the local economy through Stockwood Business Park.

 

Stockwoods Objectives

The objectives of Stockwood CBS are to farm the land biodynamically, to promote wildlife and farm related enterprises, rural employment and rural training, and to promote sustainability through better use of technology and better practice.

Wildlife at Rush Farm

Already rich in wildlife and birdlife, Rush Farm is working within the Higher Level Stewardship scheme to encourage lapwings and curlews through the creation of suitable habitats, including three scrapes. Support for hedgerows will provide shelter and food for many species of farmland birds, insects and mammals and also provide important corridors for wildlife movement across the farmed landscape. Some fields are left as rough grassland or stubble to encourage insect and birdlife and the brown hare is encouraged at Rush Farm by providing cover for them where they can hide. The wood has been brought back under management with a grant from the Forestry Commission and a permissive walk has been cleared. Every spring sees the wood carpeted in primroses, followed by bluebells and wild garlic.

Elysia Children’s Garden

Steiner Waldorf

The Elysia Children’s Garden is a small kindergarten with places for 6 children from age 18 months to 6 years. It is a member of the Steiner Waldorf Fellowship, adhering to the Steiner Waldorf Early Years curriculum which is firmly based in play centred activities. Located on a farm the outdoors is absolutely fundamental to the children’s’ experience. Places are given in preference to tenants of the Business Park. The Kindergarten operates for the full working day of 8:30 to 5pm.

 

LSD Accountants

Stockwood Business Park tenant

Accountant Davinder K Matharu says: “We love it here. The green environment and serene atmosphere boosts productivity especially during stressful work periods. We and our families go on farm walks and tours; we’re active supporters of the farm ethos. We would encourage and support the Farm Shop in increasing sales of produce.”

Little Green Sheep

Stockwood Business Park tenant

Little Green Sheep sells organic baby clothes and other goods. Paul Maurice, Director says: “Sustainability is a massive passion of ours. The biggest thing about being an organic company is being profitable, by being a viable business you can positively affect 1000’s of people. Some staff & customers who arrive here aren’t too bothered about ‘sustainability’ but quickly turn around and become passionate about it.”

The SL Shop

Stockwood Business Park tenant

Sue Bailey says: “The Farm setting and its produce is wonderful. It draws new customers into ‘the whole package’. It’s also good for retaining staff who love it here. The up-cycling of used cars that we do here is part of an ‘anti-disposable’ ideal. Re-using vehicles (often for many decades) means owners are not buying new (where car manufacture requires huge quantities of energy and materials). This idea is something we can talk about to car owners who can feel a bit judged by ‘sustainability’.”

Economic benefits Ecological benefits Community benefits
Providing sustainable, flexible accommodation for local businesses Improved health and wellbeing for people and environment through the active stewardship of soil and aquifer through biodynamic organic cultivation Access to local, organically grown food
Enabling businesses to increase their social impacts across all three areas of benefit Introducing greater biodiversity Education through training events in biodynamic farming, sustainability and life skills for community, schools, clubs and businesses
Being family friendly, including a Steiner nursery on site Bringing people and nature together Free access to the farm, woodland and river banks via public footpaths, bridlepaths etc
Shared facilities and business services Investing in energy efficiency measures and renewables Enabling volunteering on the Farm
Reinvesting profits to stimulate community and social enterprises Enabling shared recycling and waste management

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