Kent High Weald Partnership
Foundation funding was matched by a further £31,000 to the end of December 2015. 177 adults and children participated in the events. 124 days of volunteering was involved
During October 2015, the Sherwood Shed held a ‘Shed Raising’ event following completion of the ground works for the building. Thanks to an excellent turnout of volunteers and agencies, work that had been scheduled to take four days was completed in just two. The project has been awarded £5,000 from a local charitable trust to purchase tools and equipment.
Old Park, Dover
In Dover, we were successful in gaining a grant from ‘Up on the Downs’ for forest skills and family events. A forest skills programme was delivered for 10 local adults, some of whom have low level mental health issues. During the sessions they worked on shelter building, cooking over a fire, making tools and charcoal and building a fire.
A total of 53 local adults and children participated in the events which were held during quarters two and three.
Watch the video of the forest schools here:
Kent Wildlife Trust’s lottery funded project commenced in January and three new, part time staff are currently based at Old Park Community Centre and engaging with the local community.
Konic ponies and highland cattle are now grazing on the nature reserve following several volunteer ‘clean up days’ on the hill.
In late 2015, the BUGGS volunteers helped residents in Showfields and Ramslye to improve their front gardens. Large amounts of bramble growth was cleared and they will return in the Spring to tackle any regrowth and replant flower beds.
The BUGGS project was awarded a grant of £2,000 from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in December to provide tools and training for volunteers in hedge laying.
Volunteers were taught traditional dead hedge laying techniques which they used to create the new hedge, which lies between Showfields and Ramslye in Tunbridge Wells.