1. THE PUBLIC GOOD: The Trust is a Registered Charity (nr.1174239) for the advancement of education in horticulture and conservation.
It fufills these goals in a number of ways including but not restricted to:
● Training/skill enhancement for young unemployed.
● Weekly sessions for young adults with learning difficulties via Wiltshire Council
● Projects/information for local conservation and wildlife incl articles & audits.
● Association with Wiltshire Young Offenders Unit providing placements for reparation for young individuals (under statutory supervision)
●Offering the garden to residents of local nursing & retirement homes for short relaxing visits.
●When circumstances permit offering local public open days .
●Bringing students from across the E.U. for study residential placements for 4 to 8 weeks to interact with the local community, enhance international friendship, and improve their understanding of Britain.
● Making our extensive library privately available to local students.
● Association with Wiltshire V-Inspired: providing volunteer placements for local students to enhance their c.v. & skills.
●Providing insights into & awareness of the CCNP; publishing articles on wildlife; social media group for local wildlife, etc.
2. PRIVATE GROUP VISITS by adults are available by prior appointment can be arranged for groups up to 40 (including for example groups from the Womens Institutes, gardening groups, Mothers Union, art groups, etc). These are available from 21st. May to 31st. July, day-times or evenings. Tea and scones can be provided. You will be given a personalised introduction, information & garden map.
Also groups/societies/agencies/ organisations dealing with horticulture, art, wildlife, landscape, conservation, design, education, etc are also very welcome.
School and College groups are also welcome. Or projects by College or University Departments.
For full details please go to Bookings page
NOTE: All programmes/courses take place at different times/ days and do not overlap or mix in any way.
3. STUDY PLACEMENTS (Free) have been created. These enable persons age 18-28 to get work experience and/or gain skills in and learn about such matters as (for example) :
Separate courses/programmes have been created for each of the above.
Successful applicants can come along for full or half a day a week, or weekends, or full or part time: arrangements are flexible.
Full tuition will be given and no previous experience required. Tools and gloves etc are provided. Refreshments provided. There is also a fully equipped Gymnasium.
4. FOREIGN STUDENT PLACES: (Free) These are residential placements for individuals age 18-27. Via the "Workaway" international friendship & volunteering network. They stay for 2 to 8 weeks studying and helping out and connecting with the local community. So far we have had volunteers from : Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, USA, South Korea.The scheme has proved popular both with students across Europe and with the local community. We now have students from the E.U. booked in until 01 March 2019.
5. UNEMPLOYED FACILITIES: (Free) Special programmes have been created for unemployed people age 18-28. This provides the individual with: learning skills; cv improving; interview techniques; confidence building; general education enhancement in a range of subjects; and improving your employability.
The atmosphere is non-formal and supportive. And usually one to one teaching/mentoring. These programmes are free and no previous experience or qualifications are required.
To apply for any of these opportunities simply send brief details of yourself to:
EXPLORE: Further information about my free educational opportunities and how to apply by clicking clicking here >>>>Studies
6. YOUNG OFFENDERS: (Free) As of July 2017 I also offer the garden for the placements carried out in my association with Wiltshire Socisl Services Young Offenders Team to provide voluntary work/studies (each individual is accompanied by an appropriate trained supervisor from W.Y.O.P. under statutory supervision) placements for first time young offenders for the reparation part their sentencing. Lives can be turned around. Tuition is provided.
7. WORKSHOPS on wildlife, conservation, environmental studies, habitats, and other subjects will be held at various times throughout the summer months. These are free and will be for local people.
8. COMMUNITY PROJECTS : A variety of communuty projects are now being established for local people. For example:
Wildlife audits; Talks by various wildlife, gardening, conservation, and environment groups; Garden open days for local villages; Music workshops; Walks; Sculpture exhibition; Wildlife trails; Butterfly Watch; Conservation gardening; Birdwatch; Meditation; Garden spirituality; Art classes; Local environmental studies; Apiary; Garden sacred spaces; Teamsnship.
9. ELDERLY SUPERVISED VISITS: (Free) We welcome group visits to the garden by small groups, with their carers, from local retirement homes.
VOLUNTEERS to help out in any aspect of the garden are always welcome. Anyone over age 18 is welcome. No expertise or experience required. Tools and refreshments provided.
Volunteering is also a powerful way to improve your C.V. Many employers now look for this kind of experience in their prospective employees. It is also a good way to broaden one's life horizons and develop new skills.
EXPLORE: For further information about my Workshops, and Community Projects; and also my Society of Friends please click here >>>Community Projects