3M volunteers roll up their sleeves and get digging

3M volunteers help at Gazegill Farm, Rimington
3M volunteers help at Gazegill Farm, Rimington

Six volunteers from the 3M Clitheroe manufacturing site lent their muscle power to help out a community initiative for adults with learning disabilities.

They spent a day working at the Gazegill Education Project, in Rimington, a community interest company (CIC) that has a core group of adults growing herbs, edible flowers and vegetables.

Much of the day for the volunteers was spent shovelling manure and top soil into large raised beds, as well as planting seeds in polytunnels.

Ian O’Reilly, a director of the CIC, said: “Our regulars can struggle with such physical activity, so to get this amount of help together on one day was a great boon for us. They did an absolutely brilliant job!”

Vegetables, such as gherkins and cucumbers, are pickled and bottled before being sold to raise funds that go back into the project.” The education centre also hosts around 250 school and group visits a year offering free first-hand experience of agriculture and primary food production. Ian added: “We are expanding our growing activities and are hoping to process a surplus which will be donated towards food poverty and helping isolated elderly people in the rural community.”