Malone Meadows: Resident Grow Your Own

Our Six Hills site sits midway between Melton Mowbray and Loughborough and is where Phase 2 of our programme takes place. Phase 2 gets to grips with root causes of a resident’s addiction, addressing relapse prevention, relationships, life skills and more through various avenues such as group sessions and key-working.
The grounds of the site have real potential for a particular life skill we seek to teach: that of growing your own food.

We envisage turning a one-acre piece of wasteland into a space that is beautiful, welcoming and which serves a real purpose. A place that includes a small orchard of fruit trees, raised beds full of vegetables, chickens and beehives.

The project would be truly circular, with food waste processed on site to help with compost and to provide tasty food for the chickens. In turn, our happy chickens will produce eggs and we expect our bees to produce honey. Ample roof space at the property means we can harvest our rainwater and keep it onsite ready for watering this productive grove.

Without an indoor space to prepare seedlings and smaller growths earlier in the year, the harvest will be for limited months and offer a limited yield. However, we plan to convert our existing conservatory (which is no longer fit for purpose as a meeting area) into a large greenhouse for year-round planting and preparation, and so increasing the bounty from the harvest season!

From planting through to recycling, Malone Meadows provides an eco-friendly approach to food and waste that also has a financial benefit as far as our food bills are concerned.

Our wish list

The Carpenters Arms has delivered £36k of the total £68k cost of the project.

We’re now seeking support to cover the remaining £32k for the following:

  • Converting the existing conservatory to make it an all-year round, weatherproofed greenhouse: £9.3k
  • Raised beds (tanalised) for vegetables (8 x 97.6m2): £8.35k
  • Chicken coops and run: £5.38k
  • Topsoil: £3.16k
  • Beehives and equipment: £1.83k
  • Greenhouse kit including racking, lighting and trays: £1.2k
  • Water harvesting: £1.35k
  • Fruit trees: £810
  • Vegetables: £500

Expected outcomes and outputs

  • Reduction of monthly food bills (currently between £6-8k per month) by £1k during harvest months for vegetables once the project is fully up and running.
  • Therapeutic benefit to residents involved in the process of planting to plate to recycling, including real-time stress relief and mindfulness.
  • A calming space ideal for one-to-one counselling.


If you are able to help in any way, please contact Richard Spence, Chief Executive Officer at The Carpenter’s Arms, T: 01509 550246 or drop us an email via the form on our Contact page.

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