A huge thank you to Scott Bryant from DHL at the Lakeside Industrial Estate in nearby Colnbrook for nominating us for a DHL UK Foundation Transform It! Award.
We have just been granted nearly £8,000 for the transformation of 120 m2 of unproductive lawned garden at our Learning & Development Centre into a new area of raised beds. These beds will be used to cultivate varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, raspberry and redcurrant bushes and will be enclosed by 2 metre high nets that will provide protection from birds, squirrels and butterflies.
These much needed new growing spaces will afford our young learners the opportunity to gain additional skills in the maintenance of soft and top fruits that we cannot do at present. Funding will be spent on nearly 30 tonnes of high quality top soil, raised wooden planting beds, dwarf fruit trees and bushes, metal cage structures, netting, landscape membrane and watering equipment.
These new growing spaces will be planted and cultivated by our young people with special educational needs (SEN) and learning differences and local community groups under the supervision of our qualified horticulture tutors. Produce will also be harvested for use in our new community kitchen on site, helping our young people to cook and preserve the fruit they have grown, eat more healthily and lead more independent lives.
The project will also provide long term volunteering opportunities for local DHL employees. We aim to complete the project by October 2017 and the event will be marked by a celebration of baking and eating many home made fruit pies!