Strawberry Fields Forever

The former children's home which inspired Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever is undergoing a major redevelopment.  

The Salvation Army, who own the Strawberry Field site, has exciting plans to transform the currently unused space into a new centre for young people with learning disabilities. The site will also include a new authentic exhibition and a haven for spiritual exploration.  

Students at the hub will train in vocational areas such as catering, retail, visitor experience, and horticulture.

 Importantly, they will receive opportunities for work placements to build skills and confidence that will lead to meaningful volunteering and sustainable employment opportunities.

Paul Playford of Allchurches Trust said: “We are so proud to support The Salvation Army with this inspiring project. We believe that the Strawberry Field renovation will have a significant impact on transforming the lives of young people in an area where this additional support is so badly needed.”  

Allchurches Trust have given The Salvation Army £115,000 towards its redevelopment.

The Strawberry Field site currently gets around 60,000 visitors a year who come to the site to take photographs in front of its famous red gates. When the centre is open, visitors will be able to come in and grab a coffee, learn more about the site and interact with the young people who help run it.