History of Oakcroft

In 1962 Oakcroft was bought for Mehr Fardoonji and her mother by her brother. Mehr initially grew vegetables on her own, but after a year she employed a local 15-year-old boy straight from school. Peter stayed working at Oakcroft until 2005.

Over it's 45 years, many people have volunteered to work, usually for a year or even more, and learnt all about Organic Market Gardening at Oakcroft. Often through word-of-mouth, or through a small advertisement in magazines or with organisations such as WWOOF.

A large variety of crops have been grown outside and also in the 2 large mobile greenhouses and single polytunnel, plus Dutch lights and cloches.

The garden has been registered with the Soil association, carrying the Soil Association symbol from its beginning.

The land at Oakcroft is precious to Mehr and she wants it to remain organic and growing vegetables and fruit for a growing market.

The land will eventually be given to the Soil Association Land trust which has just been formed, so as to remain Organic in perpetuity.

The Trust will keep on any tenant who is at Oakcroft and encourage the growth of the work at Oakcroft.

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