For the children staying at Wick Court, each week ends with an afternoon of ‘Woodland activities’. They build dens and get involved in seasonal rural crafts, followed by a time around the lit campfire, where Bill Church, our birdwatcher-cum-storyteller tells his own unique tales. The children have been doing all of this in a makeshift roundhouse made many years ago, with wattle and daub walls, but no roof (which made for some interesting stories in wet weather!).
Now, thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme (and all of our shoppers in Gloucestershire who voted for us!), a team led by Adrian Leaman from Wholewoods have been able to build a beautiful new roundhouse! This new roundhouse has been handbuilt out of larch and has an incredible reciprocal roof structure.
A membrane roof will cover the framework, with an opening wide enough for Bill to point out passing birds, or for stories to be told under the stars. This beautiful new building will provide an outdoor, covered area to house 36 children and their teachers, and will also enable local groups to come and use this part of the farm.