Warren Farm in St Brelade is one step closer to becoming a working farm offering educational visits and produce for sale thanks to an enthusiastic group of volunteers.
Over 60 RBC Wealth Management employees, family and friends spent their Sunday clearing scrub, erecting posts and nailing in rails at Warren Farm, as part of RBC’s Community Challenge to mark the company’s 50th year in Jersey. Even younger members of the group were able to do their bit with children involved with sign painting and helping to muck out some of the farm animals.
Stuart Rutledge, Head of Global Trust at RBC Wealth Management, who participated with his young family commented: ‘The simple aim of the Community Challenge was to recognize, in a meaningful way, how important the local community has been to the development and growth of our business over the past 50 years. Given farming is an important part of this Island’s heritage, an initiative like Warren Farm that is aiming to educate and involve the community is an invaluable asset for us all to enjoy.
‘Partnering with local organisations that improve the communities in which we live and work is, and will continue to be, an integral part of our ethos.’
Michelle Barette, who along with Alan Rabet, is the leaseholder of Warren Farm said: ‘Since taking on the farm in 2007, it has always been our aim to provide the community with safe, free access to a working farm. We are passionate about food, sustainable farming and sharing farming life. With RBC Wealth Management’s help, we have been able to remove all the barbed wire fencing and replace it with much safer posts, and we were extremely grateful for their enthusiastic support.
‘We’re already getting visitors – children can have fun in a small play area we have, and we’ve got a real menagerie of animals including cows, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs, horses and hens. We’re also in the process of developing a nature walk through the nearby woods’.