Cheshire East back the right horse for Tatton Farm project
The scheme includes re-interpretation and repair of several farm buildings, including the mill, which will help to tell the story of food production for a large country estate from the late 18th century to the 1950s. The NWCH procurement route compliments this project perfectly, with client Cheshire East Council and contractor F Parkinson working closely together to deliver a range of educational events related to the ‘Field to Fork’ project, as part of their social value commitment.
The benefit to the community has already been felt in a number of areas. One such example being the work experience placement provided to a pupil from The Studio School in Knutsford. He is undertaking numerous construction activities with the contractor and their supply chain to fulfil education enrichment and provide a practical insight into the construction industry in preparation for future employment.
There has also been sponsorships to help connect local schools to the farm. In particular, the sponsorship of Manor Park Primary School farm visits. Transport has been arranged to bring two classes to the farm in the New Year. The aim of the day will be to discuss and learn about food production as well as a brief tour of the site. Also, the sponsorship of Blossom the horse and then gifting over the sponsorship certificate to Moor Park Primary School. This has enabled the pupils to understand the ‘field to fork’ process and facilitate learning activities.
A whole host of initiatives have been undertaken to ensure the ‘field to fork’ project maximises social value benefit for the local community. Local students stand to benefit from enterprises such as the creation of an allotment space and chicken coop at Manor Park Primary School to enable them to bring the ‘field to fork’ process to the school. They will plant and grow their own produce and nurture their own animals.
In the future, the ‘field to fork’ project will yield numerous benefits for the community. Tatton Park Management will have the privilege of guided hard hat tours, with future tours planned for other stakeholders.