Students do well to make wishes come true
Visitors to The Orchard Trust in Lydbrook can make a wish while making a donation, thanks to well-wishing students from Gloucestershire College.
A wooden wishing well designed and built by carpentry and bricklaying students from the College’s Forest of Dean Campus, is taking pride of place at the entrance to the Trust’s main building, which houses residents with learning difficulties. The well also marks the starting point for the route of a new country walk open to the public, and it is hoped that visitors will drop their donations into the well as they begin the walk.
Thirteen students worked on the well as part of the professional development aspect of their course, which encourages students to give back to their community. It was a real joint effort, with Level 1 Carpentry students and apprentices working to construct the well itself from wood, and the Level 1 Brickwork group putting their skills to use to form a patio base for the well to rest on.
The well will be officially unveiled in a ceremony attended by donors and those who worked on the project, on 20th April at The Orchard Trust.
The Trust’s Project Manager, Phill Hucks said: “The wishing well is superb; the design and finish quality exceeds expectations and I am delighted with it.
“Our first visitors have willingly dropped donations in and it will help us to offset the cost of running the smallholding and keeping it open to the whole community. There will be a plaque to follow recognising the work of the carpentry and bricklaying students who made this possible.
“We also launched our new gentle country walks at the ceremony, which are aimed at people living with dementia and their carers, but open to anyone who might benefit from gentle exercise in a supportive environment.”
Find out more about the work of The Orchard Trust at: http://www.orchard-trust.org.uk/