25 Aug 2023
A team of four from AKW head office in Droitwich Spa spent a day in August helping at Wildgoose Rural Training & Nature Reserve, an activity organised through the AKW Helping Hands Volunteering Scheme which enables staff to get involved with local good causes during their employment.
Based in Hallow, Worcestershire, Wildgoose Rural Training is a care farm for adults and young people, comprising a 36-acre nature reserve and 6-acre care farm. They offer students the chance to learn about horticulture, conservation, farming, arts and crafts, cooking, mechanics, and animal care, allowing them to connect with the great outdoors.
Lauren Jones and Nicole Dijkman from Product & Marketing started out helping with the morning feed, serving breakfast to guinea pigs, tortoises, snakes, ferrets, alpacas, goats, pigs and more, before mucking out the goat and alpaca fields with the students, who then spent time chatting to Lauren and Nicole, and introducing them their favourite animals.
Executive Assistant Jo Dix spent the morning helping students on the nature reserve tasked with cutting back long greenery to clear the public walkway.
After lunch, Lauren, Nicole, and Jo worked in the greenhouse repotting plants, where a student later showed them how to make a biodegradable plant pot from newspaper.
Logistics Director Matt Till attended a wood working session with a group of students who were making decorative mirrors. He thoroughly enjoyed his time supporting the group and was very pleased with his masterpiece.
Team Co-ordinator Lauren, who organised the project, said:
“I couldn’t be happier with our time at Wildgoose Rural Training, it’s a fantastic place that truly cares for its students and their learning. It was great to get outdoors and work with the animals in a relaxed environment, while meeting some of the students and helping them with various activities, I’m already looking forward to our next volunteering project.”
Find out more about Wildgoose Rural Training & Nature Reserve here: https://www.wildgooseruraltraining.org/