The Apricot Centre is set in a 4 acre organic and permaculture designed garden growing fruit, flowers and salad for sale and food and fuel for the centre and home. It runs courses on the farm and outreach work into schools
The Apricot centre is a small training centre set in a 1.5 ha (4 acre) organic garden designed on permaculture principles. The garden produces fruit, flowers and salad for sale and food and fuel for the centre and home and is incredibly biodiverse. The centre is made out of re-cycled shipping containers – with a sedum roof, insulated and lined in and out, and a ceramic stove to heat the space it is simple and beautiful, and perfectly provides a space for diverse courses on gardening, yoga, creativity, INSET training for teachers, and psychotherapy amongst others. The garden had 500 sq meters of protected cropping to provide food for the home and the centre, and a 1.18 ha orchard growing a huge range of soft and top fruit for sale over 9 months of year. The fruit is sold into the Growing Communities farmers market in London, just 57 miles from the centre. 0.4 ha of the land was planted with woodland in 2000, and is now providing coppiced wood to fuel the centre. The centre also provide outreach work in to local schools, developing outdoor classrooms and creative ways of teaching the curriculum in primary school. To date the centre has worked with over 15 primary schools in some of the most deprived parts of the country with many more exciting projects in the pipeline.