Box Moor Trust grant scheme in action

Students from Dacorum Education Support Centre (DESC), an organisation that works with young people outside mainstream education, learned team building, construction and gardening skills as part of a wider “Outside Project”.  Thanks to a £2,500 grant awarded to DESC by the Box Moor Trust in 2016, the school was able to kick start their outdoor space project.  Students were involved from the start such as researching ideas and ordering materials.

The project saw students and staff building benches and vegetable beds, as well as erecting a greenhouse and a shed.  The greenhouse is now in regular use for planting cuttings and sowing seeds.  Students have been learning about horticulture and have successfully grown vegetables such as beetroot, runner beans, tomatoes and marrows.  The outdoor space has also been used for presentations and events such as the Year 11 end of year BBQ.

The site before the works had been carried out.

The site after transformation.

The Outside Project is ongoing and DESC have plans to create a pond, more seating and further facilities to enable them to run a horticulture course.

“We wish to thank the Box Moor Trust for this donation which has helped us with phase 1 of our Outdoor Project.” Gill Caslake, Curriculum Co-ordinator.

Box Moor Trust Chair, David Kirk said, “It’s terrific to see our grants be put into good use. Not only has DESC students learned a wide variety of practical skills, they have also benefited from improved self-esteem, teamwork and a sense of achievement.”