New buildings for life skills project at nature reserve
TWO new buildings have been officially opened at the Poulton Wood Nature Reserve.
They are a round “mess hut” with a kitchen and a craft and nature room built from straw bales. Both feature furniture created from timber sourced from the surrounding woodland.
The new buildings will be used by the Poulton Wood Rangers, a life skills project for adults with learning disabilities.
The official opening at the reserve near Aldington took place on May 1 during a ceremony that was attended by guests from the trustees of Canterbury Oast Trust, which runs the Poulton Wood Rangers project, deputy mayor of Ashford Allen Wells, and representatives from the charities and organisations which funded the buildings’ construction.
Poulton Wood project manager Lynne Cooke said: “All of us at Poulton Wood feel incredibly proud of what we have achieved here.”
Anyone wishing to see the new buildings will get the chance on Saturday, June 5, when Poulton Wood will hold its annual woodland open day, which will run from 11am to 5pm and feature working horses and a birds of prey display.
Musicians and story-tellers will provide the entertainment and there will be a barbecue. Tea and homemade cakes will be on sale in the Wildbird Cafe and plants and pottery will also be on sale. Open day admission is £2 for adults and £1 for children and the elderly.
For more information visit www.rarebreeds.org.uk/poultonwood.htm
Left, Ian Carl, one of the first rangers, and Cllr Allen Wells at the new building at Poulton Wood