It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of our amazing 10 months of the WildGround traineeship! In the past 2 weeks we’ve been finishing projects and placements. We had our final 2 days at Ferndene continuing the hard landscaping by resurfacing paths and constructing fencing with Mark Connelly and Peter. It’s great to see this project near to completion and it certainly looks different from when we first visited! We will soon be advertising further volunteering days and welcome everybody along to our celebration event at the park.
We spent a muddy fun day at Ousbrough Wood constructing boardwalks and using the chainsaws to clear a windblown tree. A real sense of achievement to provide access for walkers and runners to the site. It was good to meet contractor Dominic Wright, we learned some great new skills throughout the day.
Some of us completed the wood chipping and the PA6W courses with David Whyte, concluding our certificates.
We all had the soul searching experience of going through the job mock application and interview process to develop our employability skills, and had our final employability day with Alyson Upton; the useful feedback will be beneficial for the future!
Our final day, was spent on James and Kath Bedingfield’s farm learning how to carry out willow revetment work. To escape the bitter cold, we were delighted to warm up in the farmhouse and tuck into an exceptional home-cooked lunch.
I’m sure the whole team would agree we’ve had a great experience over the past 10 months, meeting some fantastic people and learning a wealth of new knowledge and skills. Thank you from all the WildGround team to everyone we have worked with; to our supervisors, volunteers and other community members and partners who have made this such a rewarding time.
Good luck for the future to my fellow trainees. By Anthony Cuthbertson.
As project leader, I would also like to take the opportunity to wish each of the trainees happiness and success with what they do next. You have been an amazing team and I feel privileged to have helped you along the way.
The End…or perhaps the beginning…