From Helen Bailey:
Some very good friends of mine have been going through the motions of securing land for a Countryside Centre for some considerable years now. This has all been approved and they are now officially a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation, which relies on support from volunteers, supporters and funders.
Based very close to the Caenhill Locks, this centre provides activities and courses for vulnerable children, schools and other education centres, teaching them all about farming, animals and the countryside.
Setting up such a huge venture is very challenging and with very limited funding, they rely heavily on donated items and volunteers with or without skills. I am one such volunteer and have recently sponsored 2 battery hens rescued by the British Hen Welfare Trust.
They are in the process of creating a wish list, but for now, I would like to ask the villagers if they are going to throw things out, or recycle them, to consider donating them to the Caenhill Countryside Centre first.
Items they currently need are wood for animal enclosures and fencing, wheelbarrows, plants, paint, chicken wire, guttering, old towels for bedding, essentially anything that a working farm requires.
I am happy to collect items, or if too large, arrange collection for Chris and Helie Franklin.
Here is there website, which is regularly updated.
Youth Action Wiltshire, who regularly attend the centre, are building a home for Cuthbert the goose, making hen nesting boxes, blackberry picking, learning about animal care and so much more!