New build­ings for life skills project at na­ture re­serve

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Ella Copeland ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

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 visit­ton­wood.htm

Pic­ture: Martin Apps PD1703872

Left, Ian Carl, one of the first rangers, and Cllr Allen Wells at the new build­ing at Poul­ton Wood

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