We are a social and environmental charity that works to create and improve landscapes and spaces for the benefit of people and nature. We engage in a wide range of projects and activities throughout the year so we can demonstrate the varied opportunities people can derive from nature.
We use our skills as experienced educators, sustainability experts, and community development professionals to identify innovative and exciting ways to improve biodiversity and sustainably get the most social and economic benefits from nature. We work mainly across rural landscapes to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people and communities.
We are based on the Burrough Court Estate; a 1,200 acre farming estate near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, The estate has two farms and over 300 acres of habitats, and is home to our care farm project (See:Learn:Transform), as well as our field study centre, workshop and kitchen garden. This centre is regularly used by adults and young people with special needs or are in recovery. We provide day care referral services and work with a range of local social and educational care bodies.
Our volunteers and service users generally work on the many projects we run on the farm as well as getting involved in our community projects. For those wishing to develop careers with us they can join our training courses and shadow our professional team.
We also work out in our communities with local authorities and groups to help alleviate social and economic issues by maximising natural capital and improving health and well being outcomes. This work can be varied and often involves building the capabilities and skills of communities so they can manage their own spaces.
We conduct research into how nature supports society and we work with a range of universities and support doctoral programmes.
We run a consultancy social enterprise that provides professional services within the planning and development, and land management sectors. Our work is well regarded and our team have worked on all scales of projects from large infrastructure developments to small scale planning applications. We provide the land agent service to Burrough Court Estate and other land owners.