Clients and staff recently spent a day at Tehidy Woods working alongside Cormac on one of their improvement projects. This was an event organised by our Vocational Development Programme team and the day provided skills development, industry insight and horticulture experience. It also created a great opportunity to chat with our clients outside of our houses which helps to strengthen relationships, in turn leading to some great support work.

It was a great turnout, with around 20 clients and staff in total. Stuart from Cormac who is the Ranger at Tehidy was overwhelmed by the scale of work achieved. This project was one they have had in the planning for some time but needed enough bodies to do it, so St Petrocs really helped contribute to the project’s completion.

Tasks included path improvement work (scraping away mud), tree protection and trimming overgrown paths.

The team also mulched around the ancient, twisted beech tree. Mulch is a thick layer of material placed over the soil and around plants, used to suppress weeds and lock moisture into the soil, while acting as a physical barrier to drying winds and direct sun.

We had some great feedback from the clients who attended, clients said it felt like a great accomplishment and a chance to make a difference. Residents were very positive and thankful for the day, and they said they ‘were well looked after and felt that St Petrocs genuinely cares'.