Ferriers Barn’s garden funding boost

Staff and members at Ferriers Barn day centre in Bures. ANL-160622-154058001

Staff and members at Ferriers Barn day centre in Bures. ANL-160622-154058001

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An arts and craft day centre for the physically disabled in Bures has been boosted with funding to create a disabled-friendly garden.

Ferriers Barn in Bures has been given the £24,000 needed through various grants and donations, including funding from Braintree District Council, to allow for the redevelopment of the not-for-profit organisation’s garden.

Jackie Dixey, a staff carer, explained how much of a difference the garden would make to the barn’s physically disabled members.

“Our current garden is not accessible for wheelchair users and many members are not able to enjoy the garden safely,” she said.

“After the changes begin later this month, both wheelchair users and standing members will be able to use the garden.

“Our members love gardening as they enjoy seeing the end product.”

Vegetables are grown and once harvested they are used in the kitchen for lunch.

Ferriers Barn has more than 25 members and thanks to Braintree District Council, Bures Music Festival and many other fundraisers, all members will be able to make the most of the summer sun.

Mrs Dixey works full time at the barn and believes the garden improvements will mean members can get more involved in daily activities.

She said: “The main purpose of the barn is to help disabled individuals to live normal lives and encourage them to do things for themselves.

“It also acts as respite for the families of the members, however, here at the barn we are just like one big family.”

Work on the garden begins shortly, continuing through the summer months.

Ferriers Barn is open Monday to Friday. Members take part in many activities, including crafts, gardening, cooking and music.

The members even have a small shop at the barn, selling their homemade crafts. The barn also holds fundraising events such as plant sales and craft fairs.

For more information on Ferriers Barn visit its Facebook page or call 01787 227515.