ACE Gardening and Conservation

This activity combines working on the allotment at Grange Farm, learning horticultural skills, and working with Essex Wildlife Trust on conservation projects at the Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve, learning about nature and the environment.

Benefits for members

  • Work in a friendly team
  • ‚ÄčLearn a wide range of horticultural skills at the Grange Farm allotment, growing a large selection of fruit and vegetables
  • Experienced staff and volunteers support and guide work on a wide range of outside activities such as creating wildlife friendly environments for birds, hedgehogs and mini beasts
  • Monthly Forest School with The Essex Wildlife Trust
  • ASDAN Training and accreditation available.


Based at the Grange Farm Centre in Chigwell, where we use the allotment, and also go into the neighbouring Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve to undertake conservation and habitat management work.

Transport from and to home is available in the local area.


Thursday 11.00am-3.00pm

“I really look forward to coming to Gardening on a Thursday. I like to keep busy and meet all my friends. I like weeding and planting. I am a hard worker and do a really good job.”


“I enjoy working out in the meadows and in the orchard and Forest School with Essex Wildlife Trust. Last time we built a bonfire and cooked crumpets!”