WESC Horticultural area

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    WESC Country Gardens

    The new WESC Country Gardens, social enterprise, horticultural project is already providing valuable opportunities and experiences for the students at WESC Foundation, thanks to an Environmental Grant from Greggs Foundation!

    The social enterprise department already has 5 shops and an online eBay store which are all creating excellent opportunities for vocational and social interaction to disabled young people in Devon. WESC students use regular work experience in the WESC shops to learn valuable work-based skills, as well as boosting their confidence and self-esteem. The market gardening project aims to widen the skills and experiences that are available to our students as well as providing high quality produce to sell in our shops.

    The staff, students and volunteers at WESC worked hard to clear the area and clean up the old Poly tunnels, and the Environmental Grant from Greggs provided funds to buy the initial equipment and plants to get the first crop harvested and into the shops.

    It was so exciting and satisfying to see home-grown WESC plants go on sale in the WESC charity shops!

    But the WESC Country Gardens project is now ready to expand and move into phase two! We would like to improve the infra structure around the poly tunnels by creating pathways and adding raised beds that are wheelchair accessible, and building 2 or 3 more poly tunnels, as well as improving irrigation systems and storage facilities. There is just so much potential!

    In fact WESC Country Gardens does also now have the unique chance to produce its own brand of honey!

    Exeter Beekeepers Association have offered to donate 3 beehives and 3 bee colonies to WESC and take care of all the initial maintenance of the beehives, whilst then training our staff and students to take over the whole operation and produce our very own WESC Devon honey!

    Our students and volunteers have already started to prepare the area where the hive colonies can be situated, and we now need to invest in some secure fencing and storage for the beekeeping equipment.

    We need further funds to help develop this important project and volunteers to work alongside our students, as the WESC Country garden project grows and flourishes,

    Can you help?

    Contact Andy Roberts, Social Enterprise Manager

    Telephone: 01392 454330

    Email: aroberts@wescfoundation.ac.uk

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