All work was carried out with advice and help from voluntary professionals. 6 skip loads of rubbish were removed from the site and site was made secure and safe with the addition of fencing around the 2.5 acre exterior and sympathetic planting of trees and bushes added towards the privacy of the site.
230 natural trees have been planted to ensure its longevity along with over 9,000 woodland and wetland wild flowers and grasses. Wetland areas were developed along with a pond area complete with rustic bridge. A herb patch by a cooking area was designed, built and planted by a special needs school who regularly maintain it.
300 metres of wheelchair footpaths were constructed by community volunteers aided by a youth project group with a further 200 metres of woodland paths linking most areas of interest. All footpaths are regularly maintained by young volunteers.
Under specialist guidance and the full permission of parents, institutions or professional carers, a large number of young people have successfully learnt specialist skills such as lawn mower usage, log splitting, tree maintenance, cooking and woodworking skills. Most of these successes have been achieved by young people who have been excluded from the normal education system, however, sixteen young people with sever learning disabilities have achieved a competent supervised level on these skills.
The speed of the development, as a consequence of unprecedented volunteer activity by young people, has meant that a number of other sites around the UK have shown great interest in the project with offers of land. As funds allow the project will be rolled out to these areas.
Eden-Rose Coppice Trust and its young volunteers won the Anglia in Bloom prestigious award for conservation and charitable projects an unprecedented two years running.
Why we need supporting
As a consequence of the success of Eden-Rose Coppice Trust and its young volunteers, further demand is being put on the charity by a greater number of groups who wish to take part including those living with cancer and young volunteers.
If you can help in any way at all, please get in touch on 0800 772 3755.