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Honey Hope was almost destroyed in Storm Babet, now we have the chance to rebuild our project, and build a brighter future for all.

by Bridget Adams -Shaw in Belper, England, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

 New stretch target

Once we have raised our target any additional funds will go to further developing the wild life habitat, creating wildlife dwellings for bats, hedgehogs and other 'locals'.
Beyond that developing the other groups and services we offer to allow members of our community can enjoy and be a part of nurturing our natural environment.


In 2024 we are recovering our social  farm. You may have seen our huge losses last year, well from the very soggy ashes of near defeat we are rising in a new location, recovering our mental wellbeing and our project, starting with our wild flower nature reserve and apiary.  
 Repeated flooding after last October means we can not stay where we are. We have lost equipment, hives and a great deal of time and effort in what we had built. But our new site has given us incredible opportunities.

 We are really lucky to have found a new home in a neighboring village with possibilities that are huge! And a much lessened risk of flooding. more land and outhouses and stables.
But it means starting again and building from the ground up.

What we do.

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Honey Hope is a dedicated wellbeing farm for peer groups of all ages, we teach small holding and equine connection, archery, bushcraft and bee keeping over 8.5 acres in the Amber Valley and Erewash boroughs of Derbyshire.
1710334544_380494789_1094853448347959_2936230320382812558_n_(1).jpgCreating appropriate lived experience staffed peer groups we have several different support programs, ranging from socially isolated youth and adults, to people living with long term mental wellbeing concerns and those in recovery from alcohol or substance mis use. We also engage with people in or at risk of probation measures.By allowing these groups to come together and work on their social skills, learning new skills and dedicating time to building a community of like minded people and a community resource we are recovering own mental wellbeing together. Whilst creating memories, partnerships and produce to support and sustain our project.
 

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Where we have come from. 

In 2019 we formed a CIC called Helping Hooves and worked for 18 months in equine based non clinical support sessions. We had a humble start with a few acres three horses and a couple of stables. 

We grew through the years and in 2020 we moved to our second home in Little Eaton. There we further developed the project taking on a small allotment and further paddocks in the area. We started micro farming with goats, sheep and chickens, as well as the equine work. We created a small bee keeping project and has three successful hives which were beginning to grow to the point of yield before they were lost to storms in 2023.
We had also introduced a successful Bushcraft and archery peer group.
We support over 60 people on various regular workshops, groups and 1:1 sessions.
We hold regular wellbeing circles and groups for women, men and young people, people in recovery, and ex offenders, support school provision for primary children through working with local schools, and offer 1:1 support to young people in need of support or alternate learning provision.
We re branded in 2023 just before the end of summer as the community we had developed felt we had moved on so far from being Helping Hooves, and we were now very much a social smallholding. We worked hard as a group to discover what we now were, and Honey Hope Farm was born.

1710334683_243196886_2022937017860546_7731939074475738886_n.jpg We almost lost it all.

At the end of summer 2023 our funding for several projects was coming to an end and we were once again at a crossroads, when what we thought was the biggest disaster we could have endured occurred. Storm Babet hit the farm the day before we were holding our biggest community event of the year.
The land in places was 5 ft under water, with the brook breeched so severely that the horses and sheep only had a few feet of 'dry' land, the stable block was flooded and the goats ducks and chickens housing was all but destroyed.
This was the worst flooding anyone had seen in the area for many years. Five months on and the water table is still so high that several repair jobs remain outstanding.
But the worst bit for us was watching our equipment, bell tent and bee hives being washed away with nothing we could do to stop it, or retrieve them.
The following day, with the water levels dropping as rapidly as they rose, all that was left was devastation.
We have worked for months to repair and replace what we lost, and we have been very grateful to our communities who got us through those awful times.
However as Spring approaches we know that the land we were on will flood again and the risk to staying is high.
 Through one of our friends we found the new site was available and the community have jumped to support us in moving the main services ( we will retain one small bee keeping paddock and our allotment in Little Eaton).

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Our vision for our new start.

The new site at Duffield has a lot of opportunities and areas for growth, some of the things here we bring with us, some we had and lost in storm Babet and so we need to replace and re build, and some, are brand new adventures.

  • A Brand new dedicated on site Apiary. Which is the main focus of this campaign.
  •  An office cabin including toilet/ wash room.
  • A dedicated Archery and Bushcraft area.
  • Conservation paddock for rare breed ducks and chickens.
  • Public orchard with public friendship / chat benches.
  • Community garden. 
  • Wellbeing circles.
  • Substance and alcohol recovery program
  • 1:1 support sessions 
  • Alternate education support
  • Mental Wellbeing recovery support 
  • Farm shop and enterprise projects
  • Nature based networking 
  • Animal training and interaction.
  • Mother and child / family support 

Plus  many more events and workshops.

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 What we are asking you to support.

When we first visited the new grounds, it was immediately obvious to us, that there was a natural wild life haven at the top of the property where the old vet surgery kept their muck heap.

Because its the very end of the property its beautifully quiet and tucked away hedged by elder and hawthorn trees which make perfect habitat for pollinators and wild life.

We want to enhance the area by fencing it and adding our bee hives ( four of which are dedicated to and sponsored by donors from our last Aviva campaign).There are some things we wish to buy to make this happen that are outside of our current finances.

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  • Additional bee hives/ brood boxes.
  • Bee hive stands.
  • Replacement bee keeping equipment, smokers, hive tools and suits.
  • Storm shelters.
  • Pathway edging.
  • Wood bark for path ways.
  • Willow fencing panels.
  • Wild flower plug plants.
  • Foraging hedging.
  • Bat boxes and hedgehog homes.
  • Wild life cam/ Bee hive cam.

 

We really would appreciate every donation however big or small you could make to helping our team achieve the  hope of honey in Honey Hope Farm.

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Adopt a Bee Hive

Adopt a bee hive and you can name it, and if practical invite you to join us for a hive making workshop. You are also welcome to join us to meet the bees.

£5 or more

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Bee themed greetings card

We have been donated a local artists work in the form of gift cards that you can use for any occasion. If you know a bee lover then this reward is for you, blank inside for whatever your requirements posted to you with suitable envelope.

£10 or more

Supporters bench is back

When donating any amount over £10, we will add your name to our friendship bench, a wooden bench we locate in a public access area of the farm, engraved with the names of people who have supported us on this or previous campaigns.

£50 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Animal Adoption

A years adoption of one of our beloved farm characters. Choose from Goats, Sheep, Horses, Chickens, Ducks Rabbits, Ferrets or Cats. a years adoption support offers a meet and greet, and regular updates.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Join us for a well being day.

Evoke your wellbeing of you and your friends or colleagues. Join us for a bespoke day of wellbeing activities for up to 6 people. Design and build your day from a menu of activities and added value options.


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