A new community garden and forest school project is working hard to put down roots in Ilfracombe.

The land which is part of the Free the Arts UK community garden and forest school project. Picture: Tony GussinThe land which is part of the Free the Arts UK community garden and forest school project. Picture: Tony Gussin

The Free the Arts Community Project on the New Barnstaple Road has been set up by Jack Tipper and Tarma Lynn, who also perform as The Peacekeeping Missiles.

They have cleared and planted some wasteland beside the road and want to establish a place where vulnerable adults and people with learning difficulties can come to learn about the land and horticulture.

There would also be arts, crafts, therapy and music workshops to give an eclectic range of things for people to learn and experience.

Linking in with the Survival Bags group, it may also be able to provide rehabilitative work and activities for homeless people.

The land which is part of the Free the Arts UK community garden and forest school project. Picture: Tony GussinThe land which is part of the Free the Arts UK community garden and forest school project. Picture: Tony Gussin

The project is not quite open yet, but an area has already been reclaimed from a mass of brambles to create a garden.

Jack said at the moment the project was entirely self-funded but they were hoping to work towards a not-for-profit or charitable status.

In fact the pair have gone out busking on more than one occasion to earn money to pay for things the project needs.

Many items such as solar panels and materials have been but the scheme still needs materials, tools and wood, with any donations welcome.

They hope to have the Free the Arts UK project in Ilfracombe up and running very soon. Picture: Tony GussinThey hope to have the Free the Arts UK project in Ilfracombe up and running very soon. Picture: Tony Gussin

Jack explained they were trying to set up a forest school to help the more vulnerable in society. He said: “I am autistic and have been into the mental health service in my past, so it’s something close to my heart.

“These kind of things have been very therapeutic for me and seeing the effect its had on others too, I wanted to push it further.

“What we would like to see happen is the people working up here on the land could open the gates for a couple of gatherings a year to showcase what they have done.”

They also hope to teach foraging wild food and have a kitchen on site to teach people how to cook the result.

Two beehives are on the way and the bottom area of the land is earmarked for an allotment which would be made available to the wider community.

Anyone who wants to get involved or find out more, or can donate any materials such as wood and topsoil, is asked to email freetheartsuk@icloud.com .