Coffee and cake in comfort
The Birch Tree Café will serve up delicious cakes, snacks and treats, as well as the finest teas and barista-made coffee. We want to become renowned as much for the quality of our food and drink as for the standard of our service and the welcoming ambiance of our surroundings.
The café will be run by young people with Down’s Syndrome, supported by volunteers and other employed staff.It will provide a vibrant meeting place for the whole community, and for the many cyclists, walkers and visitors who pass through Easton on the Hill. As well as the bright, spacious and comfortable café, there will be plenty of outdoor seating, a vegetable garden and lots of parking space in this picturesque rural setting.
More than a café… a hub for the community
As well as running a café, our young people will be able to enjoy tranquil outdoor spaces and a garden for horticulture and vegetable growing. We will work with the community to support and host local events, and involve local groups in a variety of activities. The kitchen will be large enough to run cookery events and classes. There will be office and classroom space for speech and occupational therapy sessions, and we hope to become a community-centred meeting and socialising venue, with special evening and weekend events.
What’s happening now?
We are thrilled to announce that we have secured planning permission for the redevelopment of part of the old primary school in the beautiful Northamptonshire village of Easton on the Hill. This site is in a key location at the heart of the village and we look forward to creating something truly unique that serves both the needs of the community and offers a variety of meaningful work opportunities for our young people. We will now be embarking on work with Harris McCormack Architects to help realise our dream. We have big ambitions for the future and, once we are established, we believe the scope is tremendous.
In a collaboration with the University of Northampton, we challenged second year students undertaking a BA in Interior Architecture and Spatial Design to come up with a design for our new café. There were some incredible responses, and we were delighted with the exciting and sympathetic designs they came up with.