Ollerton and District Economic Forum
Tel: 01623 862410

Feel Good Food Project

Feel Good Foods

Feel Good Foods (FGF) is a local food project that works with people from Ollerton and the surrounding villages at our two community gardens.  One is based in Ollerton in the grounds of St Paulinus Church and the other is at our Forestry Holdings site, next door to Sherwood Pines near Edwinstowe.  At our two sites we run productive community gardens where you can get involved in the running of the project and join in with, amongst other things, seed sowing, growing, planting, watering, tending the gardens and of course harvesting tasty fruit and vegetables to take home!

You don’t have to be an experienced gardener as experienced staff are on hand to offer support and guidance as you learn new skills.  People get involved for all different reasons, not just because they enjoy gardening.  It is a good way to reduce isolation and bring people together to share stories and experiences and it is great way to improve your mental and physical health and just enjoy being outdoors.

The aim of the project is to help people to get involved, feel connected and enjoy the many benefits associated with growing your own fruit and vegetables.

What do we offer?

  • Work parties every Tuesday and Friday 10.30am – 2.30pm at our Forestry Holdings site where you can start growing food and veg in our community garden, improve your physical and mental wellbeing, enjoy the tranquil surroundings, meet new people and make new friends.
  • Work party every Wednesday 9am – 12 noon at our St Paulinus Community Garden where you can learn how to grow your own fruit and veg and meet new people.
  • Free regular half day workshops at our sites which in the past have included creative baking, picnics, making natural soaps, making scarecrows out of recycled materials, pampering days, permaculture and no dig talks / demonstrations.
    Cookery demonstrations and a chance to sample food grown in our gardens and take away recipes to try at home.

What will you get out of it?

  • Access to our Veg Ranger for advice and support on ‘growing your own’.
  • Save money with a share of the harvest for your kitchen table.
  • Have fun and make new friends.
  • Improve your diet, health and quality of life.
  • Get fit without the need to go to expensive gyms.
  • Improve your mental health and reduce stress.
  • Social events and group trips.
  • Take part in gardening activities and learn new skills.
  • Access to our library of fruit and vegetable growing books.
  • A welcoming space where you can build your self-confidence, wellness and personal skills.


Feedback from users:
“The community garden is very peaceful and you can work at your own pace and meet different people whilst enjoying the fresh air.  You can have your own little space to plant your own veg or flowers if you want to.”

“The site is fab, the staff are good fun, and the location is perfect.”

“Love the natural environment of the community garden, the fresh air…and seeing the results of our work and having lots of fun.”

“Whole site is excellent; a great place to chill.”


So if you are:
Interested in growing your own fruit and veg but not sure where to start,

Want to learn more about: potatoes and plums; chard and chives; rhubarb and rocket,

Want to meet new people and join our ‘growing’ family,

Get fit without the expense of a gym and improve your mental wellbeing…

Then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Come along and help out at our beautiful and friendly community gardens and we’ll teach you the basics about growing your own produce and lots more besides….

For further information please contact us

Call us on 01623 862410

Email: carol@odef.org.uk

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