Growing can go on whatever weather
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
Barbara Sturgeon tours one of the polytunnels