We now have two sheds which hold sessions on a Wednesday and Thursday and are attended by regular groups of “shedders”. The Little Canfield shed is on the site of the community cooperative Local Food (&more!) and the second shed is in Barnston on the Rainbow Rural Education Centre site.
We have recently acquired a container which we are adapting to become a shed venue in Harlow and are progressing well with a potential shed site in Saffron Walden. Future venues include trialing “virtual” sheds for those unable to attend a traditional shed venue.
The Shed Project has been supported with private donations of power tools and other equipment from local people, allowing us to equip our sheds to a high standard.
The next three years (2019-2021)
For the next three years the Essex Shed Network partnership is being funded by a £300,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. This will enable us to employment two direct project staff – a Development Worker to grow the number of sheds, and an Outreach Worker who will grow shed activities and membership. We aim to launch 20 new sheds in this time.
Research has shown that participating in a community shed programme:
Local Food (& More!) Co-operative
Little Canfield, Dunmow,
Entrance to the premises is via Blatches Gate on Church Lane
Rainbow Rural Centre,
High Easter Road,
Uttlesford Community Hub
45 Stortford Road