Enhancing biodiversity at Delrow Community

Enhancing biodiversity at Delrow Community

As a Trust, we value and care for the environment. So when Chloe Willicombe, a final-year management trainee with Willmott Dixon, asked us to get involved with educational workshops with a biodiversity focus – our community members leapt at the chance!

Chloe delivered two weeks of workshops to our Delrow Community members. We learned how to build planters, bird boxes and bug hotel frames. The second week of the course saw the team deliver biodiversity awareness workshops, with nature-friendly plants planted in the structures they built during week one, which our community members will look after going forward.

Liberty Kitchen provided the catering over the two weeks. They are a street food social enterprise, with recipes created, made and sold by ex-prisoners. The Delrow Community Bakery provided sweet treats.

The team finished off the two weeks with a celebration event, where residents received certificates.

Skills for the future

Kat Collins, Day Ops Manager, said: ‘It has been wonderful to see some of the people we support who lack the confidence, really getting involved and engaging with the guys that have been here teaching them. It has been super; all they have talked about for the last two weeks is this challenge and we hope the trainees come back soon! Chloe’s organisation, the logistics of everything, which has been difficult during Covid, has been absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for more, we really thank you.’

‘I have done a few trainee challenges in my time all of them for worthy causes, however this one was the best yet. To be able to not only improve the environment but bring some fun, laughter and real engagement to the residents of Camphill Village Trust was fantastic. To also see how well all of our trainees engaged and enriched the experience for them was inspiring and witnessing this for me personally made it a very rewarding and heartfelt day.’ – Nick Anderson, Commercial Manager at Willmott Dixon Interiors