This month has seen a huge amount of change across the country and all aspects of life, here at the trust we remained open for as long as we could. These stories come from that period, as of 24th March we are now closed to all volunteers and students, with staff working remotely off-site from their homes. We will keep everyone updated as we progress through these unprecedented times, once it is considered safe to be open, we look forward to welcoming everyone back, in the meantime stay safe, stay indoors and follow the government’s advice!
This month we put a new owl box out onto the farm here at Burrough Court, this box has been created in our workshop using sustainably sourced materials including the roof which is made from a plastic board created by utilising recycled plastic bottles. This roof will also ensure the box lasts longer than its predecessor as it will better protect the wooden structure below.
Student / Volunteer Support During COVID-19
During this period of uncertainty across the nation, here at the Trust, we are taking all possible steps to ensure our students and volunteers are supported remotely. This support started immediately for our students and will continue throughout this period, including regular phone calls to them to see how they are coping with this situation, reassuring them we will be open as soon as possible. Furthermore, each student has now received their own personalised activity pack that they can complete at home, which directly relates to their coursework where applicable. These packs are designed to help maintain some routine and keep our students distracted with work during this period, additional packs will be supplied where needed.
Before the enforced COVID-19 shutdown we had made great progress towards creating our new growing beds in the kitchen garden, the picture below shows the start we have made with our students. Unfortunately, this will now have to be put on hold whilst we all remain indoors to stay safe and protect society, but this will be an excellent project to get stuck into as soon as we are back open!
This month we planted a further 250 trees here on Burrough Court Estate, these trees have been planted to provide the next generation of trees ready to replace the current canopy of mature ash trees, that are suffering from ash dieback. Further areas have been planted with tree species that produce nuts and berries in order to provide a lower level of habitat and provide wildlife with a source of food within the woodland.