Trustees from the William Dean Countryside and Educational Trust recently met with Alison Parr of Ruby’s Fund to hand over a cheque for £25,000. The amount is a donation towards transforming the outdoor space at Ruby’s Fund located on Roe St, Congleton, to create a sensory garden. A covered area is now in place with a transparent rainbow roof casting colours on the floor in the sunshine, mud kitchens, water activity walls, a wormery, flooring, climbing frames and wheelchair friendly seating and flooring. Ruby’s Fund look forward to a summer of outdoor sensory activities including gardening and planting of sensory plants. Alison Parr of Ruby’s Fund said, “We are delighted to have the support of the Willian Dean Trust. Our sensory garden has been transformed with their donation. It is already proving a big hit with the children and their families. The improved facilities mean that we can use the garden all year round which increases the support offer we can provide to our families”.
The aim of the William Dean Countryside and Educational Trust (set up in 1995 and based in Astbury) is to promote the advancement of education for the public benefit relating to natural history, ecology and conservation of the natural environment. The Trustees meet quarterly to consider and award grants for projects concerning the environment, conservation and heritage, mainly in the North West of England.
Trustee Patti Pinto said, “On behalf of the WDT we are very happy to support this local environmental and educational project and look forward to supporting other projects in the coming year. New applications should be submitted to the secretary by mid August for consideration in September (firstname.lastname@example.org).