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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

Team Woodstock is creating a sensory orchard at Woodstock thanks to tree donations from one local businessman.

Activity Co-ordinator Naomi Daglish and Residents started brainstorming ideas for their grounds and hit upon the orchard idea.

They’re envisioning a beautiful tree-lined space where Residents will enjoy the tranquillity of nature from within Woodstock’s grounds.

Meanwhile, Richard Wills was planning to donate trees to groups to offset his business’s carbon footprint.

Naomi saw his post on Facebook for suggestions of worthy beneficiaries, so got in touch.

She said: “We wanted to create an orchard that would benefit our Residents for years to come.

“So, it was great when we saw Richard’s post and heard what he wants to do.

“He plans to donate 100 trees in Norfolk through his business RW Training Associates so he can give back to the environment.

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

Digging in!

Richard arrived at Woodstock with 12 trees to donate and helped Naomi to plant them. Maintenance Officer Rob also joined in with the planting efforts.

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

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

“Like many people, I 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 for Residents, it was music to my ears.

“I can take some pride in the fact the trees are supporting my commitment to have a positive impact on the environment. I’m also delighted I’m also enabling Woodstock to create an outdoor haven for their Residents.”

Planting for Woodstock Residents’ futures

Richard’s nine fruit trees are firmly established in Woodstock’s grounds and thriving. He’s given Woodstock three cherry blossom trees which are planted in the wildflower meadow and look good.

Naomi said: “We were overwhelmed by Richard’s generosity and support.

The orchard will enable meaningful activity and sensory engagement for the Residents of Woodstock for years to come.”