The Walled Garden, Moreton – 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 gardens re-opened to the public in May 2015 when Employ My Ability took over the site and have since un- dergone 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.
Our curriculum is shaped from the environment at the Walled Garden which is home to;
- The Dovecote Café
- Formal gardens
- Kitchen garden
- Animal and family area
- Garden Shop
Students complete functional, vocational and Recognising and Recording Progress Achievement and Destination (RARPAD) 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 in 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 to come to. 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.