Woodstock Orchard Haven Project Kicks Off With Tree Donation From Local Business

7 January 2022

Woodstock Orchard Haven Project Kicks Off With Tree Donation From Local Business

Work has begun on a sensory orchard at Woodstock Care Home after one local businessman reached out to offer tree donations to get the project started.

Activity Co-ordinator Naomi Daglish and Residents were brainstorming ideas for how best to use an area in the grounds when they hit upon the orchard idea.

They envisioned a beautiful tree-lined space where Residents could enjoy the peace and tranquillity of nature just outside the Home.

So, when Naomi discovered that local businessman Richard Wills was offering to donate trees to groups to offset his business’s carbon footprint, she got in touch.

Naomi said: “We wanted to create an orchard that would benefit our Residents for years to come, and that’s when we saw Richard’s post.

“He has set up a project to donate 100 trees in Norfolk through his business RW Training Associates to give back to the environment.

“It’s a wonderful initiative and came at the perfect time for us as we started work on our orchard.”

Richard arrived at Woodstock on Friday 17th December with 12 trees to donate and helped Naomi and Maintenance Officer Rob to plant them.

Richard said: “I was looking for a group that could use the trees to help and support others, to impact people’s lives in a positive way.

“I was inundated with responses, but Woodstock Care Home caught my eye the most.

“I, like many people, have experienced the impact that Alzheimer’s Disease can have on families. I’m very aware of the incredible support and love that Care Homes offer people living with dementia and their families.

“When Woodstock told me that wanted to use the trees to create a fruit orchard that Residents can take comfort in, it was music to my ears.

“Not only can I take some pride in the fact the trees are supporting my commitment to have a positive impact on the environment, but I’m also enabling Woodstock to create an outdoor haven for their Residents.”

Richard’s nine fruit trees are now firmly established in the grounds, as well as three cherry blossom trees he donated for the wildflower meadow at the Home.

Naomi said: “We were overwhelmed by Richard’s generosity and support. The orchard is going to enable meaningful activity and sensory engagement for the Residents of Woodstock for years to come.”