Prince's Trust sow seeds of learning at Foxwood Academy


A Prince’s Trust team from Stockhill have completed work on a community project at Foxwood Academy in Bramcote, revitalising a section of the school grounds.

Tracey Avery, Team Support Officer with the Prince’s Trust said: “The land was previously not safe for the children to enter due to the nettles and stagnant pond water. We have removed and filled in the pond, planted a large number of plants and put down bark chippings to make it more accessible and a better space to spend time in.

“The school want to encourage pupils to get involved in the garden and utilise the area as an outdoor learning space. That is why the team have added a fidget board, outdoor music instruments and a sensory path. We hope the children will enjoy them!”

James Hutchinson, Head teacher at Foxwood Academy said: "We are extremely grateful to the efforts provided by the Princes Trust which has enabled our students to enjoy the sensory garden once again.

“We can now offer a classroom outside and a fantastic sensory environment.  The volunteers worked so hard and it really has been a team effort with a long-lasting impact.  Thank you!"

Part of the garden which has been revitalised by the Prince's Trust team.

The project follows another two-week community project completed last month at London Road creating a community fruit and vegetable garden

The two-week project, completed on October 26, saw the team from Highfields smartening up the current vegetable garden, tidying and replanting grassed areas building and decorating the raised flower beds. Five new fruit trees were also planted.

Andy Lindley, Station Manager at London Road said: “It’s been great pleasure having the Princes Trust at London Rd, who have worked very hard on their Community Project.

“The team have really brightened up the exterior of the Station along with creating a community fruit and vegetable garden where it is hoped that the crops that we grow will be distributed to local Soup kitchens and Pulp Friction.

The projects have been undertaken as part of the TEAM programme, a 12-week personal development course for unemployed young people aged between 16 and 25.

Participants will be able to work on improving their confidence and enhancing employability skills.  They will work towards a nationally recognised qualification in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

The programme consists of a two-week community project and a two-week work placement. Participation is free, it does not affect entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance and it's ideal for those looking to develop confidence or qualifications.

To find out more about the programme click here.

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