Grow­ing can go on what­ever weather

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD - by Mike Ben­nett

GLO­RI­OUS weather greeted guests at the Rare Breeds Cen­tre at Wood­church for the open­ing of a new all-weather hor­ti­cul­ture train­ing log cabin.

The Rain­bow Nurs­ery, based at the cen­tre, is one of seven oc­cu­pa­tional train­ing projects owned and op­er­ated by Can­ter­bury Oast Trust, the care or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing more than 120 adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties in Kent and East Sus­sex.

Af­ter 18 months of tri­als they fi­nally reached their tar­get by host­ing spon­sor­ing guests from the Denne Char­i­ta­ble Trust, with trustees Stephen Kings­man, Mario Grech and Nick Bid­diss, and friend of Can­ter­bury Oast Trust, Bar­bara Stur­geon.

The trustees pro­vided £5,000 for the in­door hor­ti­cul­tural train­ing room, which re­places a di­lap­i­dated mo­bile build­ing.

Bar­bara Stur­geon for­mally cut the red rib­bon sur­rounded by a group of Rain­bow Nurs­ery’s bud­ding hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists, joined by trust chief ex­ec­u­tive David Jack­son, se­nior day ser­vice man­ager Andy Ford, nurs­ery staff and 14 res­i­dents.

Ben Hill­man, one of the nurs­ery’s group mem­bers gave a pas­sion­ate vote of thanks and recog­ni­tion of the spon­sors’ con­tri­bu­tion.

Af­ter the for­mal cer­e­mony all ad­journed to the Gra­nary Restau­rant for cream teas.


Bar­bara Stur­geon with some of the Rare Breeds Cen­tre res­i­dents at the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion

Pic­tures: Gary Browne pd1166797

Bar­bara Stur­geon tours one of the poly­tun­nels

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