When The Tenterden Lions Club learned that Poulton Wood, run by the Canterbury Oast Trust was in need of a Circular Saw costing around £150.00, the club decided to offer the Poulton Wood a cheque for £200.00 so the saw could be purchased and the balance used for its ongoing maintenance.
The Canterbury Oast Trust (COT) is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Kent and East Sussex. The Trust runs a number of enterprises including Poulton Wood and the Rare Breeds Centre near Ashford.
Poulton Wood is an award winning conservation project dedicated to enabling adults with learning disabilities to work and learn in a fantastic environment set in 28 acres of beautiful bluebell woodland with adjoining garden, fields, ponds, hedgerows, willow plots and poly tunnels Supported by a small dedicated team of staff and volunteers, the Poulton Wood Rangers are involved in traditional coppice management, coppice crafts and woodcrafts, nature studies, horticulture and all round practical conservation..
On Wednesday 21st February, four members of Tenterden Lions went to Poulton Wood where they were given a talk on the aims of the project, followed by a tour of the working areas. After meeting and talking to some of the team of staff and volunteers, the cheque was presented to Lynn Cooke, Poulton Wood’s manager, by Tenterden Lions President, Michael Boughton. Also present was Fundraising Manager, Lucy Read and a number of Rangers.
Tenterden Lions, who celebrate their 60th Anniversary this year, have the motto “We Serve” and is a group of people who volunteer to give back to the community. Over the years, the Tenterden Lions have donated thousands of pounds to local charities as well as deserving causes and individuals needing special support.
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Picture shows Tenterden Lions Club President Michael Boughton handing the cheque over to Poulton Wood Manager, Lynn Cooke with Poulton Wood Rangers and Staff.