Grow Your Own

Grizedale Arts signs a 42 year lease for house and land, moves its office to Lawson Park and begins major land reclamation.

2007 saw an upswing in land and agricultural work on the site.
In April 2007, villagers from the rural Japanese village of Toge visited the farm to help in several agricultural projects, as well as to run a cookery workshop and one-day Japanese cafe in Coniston village. They were joined by artists who had been part of the Seven Samurai residency, including Tim Olden(pictured below).

The cafe and workshop used carefully-prepared wild bracken and vegetables grown at Lawson Park.

Three 'scallop' shaped fields in the shape of traditional rice paddies were excavated with the Japanese villagers in the deer-fenced field. Drainage and bridge-building projects also undertaken.

Vegetable growing began in earnest in the Kitchen Garden, with a large polytunnel, composting area, apiary and a shed added. The Wildflower Meadow was cut in late summer by a volunteer work party, and the hay composted to enrich the new 'paddy fields'.