Our Moreton Campus at The Walled Garden Moreton is a beautiful five-acre landscaped formal garden situated in Moreton, Dorset. The village is close to the historic market town of Dorchester and situated on the River Frome. The Walled Garden this environment features the gardens themselves, vegetable growing garden, Dovecote Café (with a growing reputation as one of the highest rated cafés in the area), family area and play park, Animal Centre, and Plant Shop with products supplied by Thorngrove Garden Centre at our second campus in Gillingham. The Walled Garden hosts regular events, and has solidified its place within the community as an attraction for a wide reaching demographic, and this is in no small part thanks to the integral role that our EMA students have on site in all the functioning areas.
Students complete functional, vocational and Recognising and Recording Progress Achievement and Destination (RARPA) qualifications that are complimented by the real working environment that they are part of. Employ My Ability students work alongside the teams in everyday tasks, and as the Gardens, Café and Animal area are open to the public, they have a high-profile presence when carrying out their work and studies, in the same way which the staff team have. This is a fundamental part of the students learning. They are part of the team working to present the site as a beautiful place for visitors. This often gives the students a sense of purpose about their studies. Not only do they see physical results of their work, but they see the enjoyment it brings to the visitors too.
As with our Gillingham campus, this real working environment allows our students to learn, build confidence, and gain experience in as close a scenario as possible to how they would work once they move into adulthood beyond EMA.
A little history…
The gardens re-opened to the public in May 2015 when Employ My Ability took over the site and have since undergone significant replanting and restoration, with the site now managed by our expert garden team (with help from the students too). The gardens are not only a free entry attraction for the public to enjoy, but they also play a vital role in providing diverse habitats within a small area, which means plant and wildlife can thrive at a more abundant level than they might in less diverse locations.
In 2022, each area of the gardens continues to develop, with new facilities for both the students, and our public visitors. With extensions made to the café, a new license for animal activities with the public, and amazing projects being carried out by the gardens team, The Walled Garden is always growing and we believe is one of the most unique and rewarding learning environments in the county.