The hard work now begins – we have sufficient funds to install the security fence and gates around the site, with a little to spare. But we now need to pull together as a team to get this job done! We need the effort, expertise and contacts of each and everyone of you.
We already have an ecologist that is producing our biodiversity plans – and donating her time and expertise. Our architect will finalise the building layout with the GSL on February 19th.
We have a drainage engineer and a tree surgeon on site soon and the GSL will be travelling down to the New Forest to discuss the price and construction times of the main building. A team will soon meet to write the application for the large grant funding and in the meantime we need to raise a further £20-£30K through fundraising and project by project small grants.
Obviously we have expertise in the Group so if anyone is able to offer free/at cost expertise/work/materials we would be delighted to receive it. A timeline and action plan will soon follow.
We are seeking preferably volunteers but contractors also welcome to help carry out some of the initial landscaping. These include:
1. Supplier of tree saplings, shrubs, native fruit trees and hedging.
2. Digger and someone with experience to create / reinstate a pond on the site.
3. Mowing of the field to create a flatter surface overall.
Thanks for all you do for our Group, we have a great future ahead of us.