Future Roots took on Whitfield in April 2014. We took on Whitfield because we believe in giving people in Dorset a safe space to be able to express their emotions, develop their skills and build their resilience to manage their lives in a positive way using the outdoors and natural arts.
The 4 acre site is on the outskirts of Dorchester and includes many outbuildings for horticultural and forest skills projects, a catering kitchen, a large fully equipped woodwork room and an extensive pottery and art space plus meeting and break out rooms.
Volunteers have been invaluable in renovating the site, from individuals to corporate teams, helping with gardening, cleaning, painting, demolishing, making, cooking, planting and more. The greenhouse is in use most days with most groups getting involved with planting seeds for Dorset Wildlife Trust’s grassless lawn that will be laid in the Dorchester Borough Gardens.
We run programmes for adults with poor mental health and programmes for adults with disabilities as well as the Country Club from this site. We are also launching a programme of community adult evening classes at Whitfield. We have pottery, woodwork, ICT and cooking classes – all welcome.
Please do contact us if you’d like to join us.