Here are selected projects developed and coordinated by
Aleksandra Ola Rug
Former Manger and Learning and Wellbeing Coordinator
at Bridge Community Farms, Ellesmere Port, Ch66 3TH,
02/2015 – 31/10/2015
Bridge Community Farms is a social enterprise based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. It is a working farm that brings together people from all parts of the local community and offers those in need a helping hand.
The farm main purpose is to offer permanent and sustainable jobs to people who are long-term unemployed, by growing and selling fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs to the local community.
My role was:
Development of farm site infrastructure for commercial growing and therapeutic use
Development and management of all elements of learning and therapeutic services at Bridge Community farms.
Using plants, horticulture, food growing and land based activities to deliver, appropriate, positive outcomes in learning, education and physical, emotional and mental health.
Designing and implement learning and therapeutic programs; liaise with referral agencies, educational organisations, other relevant institutions and health services.
To ensure the BCF offer reaches and benefits a wide and diverse range of individuals and groups
“Budding Together” – social and therapeutic horticulture and ecotherapy project in North London (2006 )
Budding Together was a project I set up whilst working for London Wildlife Trust and completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticluture at Coventry University in Collaboration with Thrive. Project was developed particularly for people experiencing mental health problems; a unique chance for them to connect with nature. This project started at Camley Street Natural Park in 2006 initialy with 14 patients from mental health secured unit from St Pancrass Hospital. Originally funded in the first two years by Capital Volunteering, a pan-England volunteering organisation, it was latterly funded through Camden NHS Primary Care Trust. The project was hugely successful, with many volunteers saying they’ve felt their sense of well-being increase after spending time in this green oasis. People from all walks of life came together in a supportive atmosphere and got involved with practical conservation at Camley Street Natural Park and other local nature reserves. We offered them the chance to be in a naturally therapeutic environment, to learn new skills, make new friends, to help the local environment and yourself. On the project, participants learned more about our local wildlife, as well as doing more hands-on things like making habitat boxes for birds, bats and bugs. They also enjoyed regular healthy walks in Hampstead, where we got some fresh air and the chance to do a bit of birdwatching. We also enjoyed the scent of fragrant wildflowers, and spotting our growing range of butterflies in summer.