Chyan Community Field
Chyan Community Field was started in October 2002. From a disused, over-grown field of 2.2 acres it has been painstakingly developed by local volunteers and members to include veggie plots, a pond, strawbale tea-shed, toolstore, and sensory garden; there is a composting display area and various compost heaps, covered cob seat, playground, willow fields and playscape and community orchard. Two wind turbines power the site and water comes from a local spring; and there are plans for a Wind Garden Play Area, and an outdoor classroom / theatre space.
Our aim is to involve as many people from our local communities in our site and activities as possible: producing local, organic food, teaching and learning about sustainable living and traditional crafts and encouraging adventurous play and connection with nature. Young and old, individuals or groups, whether already interested or practising food growing or sustainable living or not; whether you’d like to come and learn or maybe teach us.. the land is there as a resource to enjoy and cherish.
What We Do
- Community events throughout the year celebrating seasons and enjoying the space;
- Activity sessions for schools and other groups;
- Training courses in gardening, traditional crafts, tree & orchard maintenance, sustainable building, woodland and bush craft, art and nature;
- Bi-weekly volunteering sessions throughout the year & monthly Saturdays;
- Corporate volunteering days by arrangement
- Natural Play and field access for members
Summer Volunteer Dates
Come to Chyan for our Veggie Volunteering sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays; whether you’re an experienced grower or can’t tell which way up a carrot grows.. you are equally welcome.
Volunteering days are from 10.00 till 2.00 on Tuesdays, and 10.00 till 3.00 on Thursdays, but you can come for a shorter spell if that suits, or we can extend the day…sometimes! Its volunteering so its FREE and up to you! and we’ll cover your transport costs as well as provide tea/coffee & biscuits.
Tasks can be anything from a little light weeding or seed sowing to compost heap turning and path maintenance – but we’ll make sure its something you enjoy and that fits your mood! And harvest permitting, you’ll get to take home a few veggies as well…
We welcome parents with young children and some of our beds are raised for easy-access. Play spaces surround the allotments and you can picnic outside, at the fire pit or use the indoor tea shed.
If you can, ring or email in advance just to let us know you’re coming. Coming up:
Thursday June 20th
Tuesday June 25th
Thursday June 27th – CANCELLED
and Saturday June 29th – Sensory Garden volunteering
Tuesday July 2nd
Thursday July 4th
Tuesday July 9th
Thursday July 11th
Tuesday July 16th
Thurs July 18th
Our regular volunteers also have access to an allotment patch for their own veggie growing plus some space in the polytunnel for seeds. Contact us for more information.