Today was ‘local leap’ day. To mark the extra day we get in a leap year National Trust employees could volunteer for a project or organisation in their local community.
I chose to spend the day at Bath City Farm helping to cut turf and rake soil for a new footpath which will improve access.
The City Farm does some amazing work with its ecominds project (aimed at people with mental health issues), working with school children and the local community. The farm is more than 30 acres of north facing hillside with wonderful views across the city. There are rare breed pigs, sheep, goats and chickens; and the site is teeming with wildlife.
It got me thinking. Taking a local leap and volunteering for an organisation, large or small, is a great way to support the place where you live or work, and a chance to use your skills, experience or hard graft to help.
Places such as the City Farm are amazing. They provide a social glue that can link people and create a sense of shared experience. They need our support.
It could equally be a community orchard or woodland, or possibly a homeless shelter or youth project. As we’re living in the ‘age of austerity’ its time that we all took that leap to find out more about what makes our villages, towns and cities tick. We can all support projects and organisations whether for a few hours a week or a day a year.
Without places such as Bath City Farm our communities wouldn’t be the same. I certainly got a huge amount out of today and will be lending my support to the farm.