Young people from St Basils Foyer in Kidderminster spent a day at The Rodd helping on the farm, planting Black Poplar Saplings and making a green wood bench which they took back to the Foyer garden.

The young people and staff from St Basils enjoyed meeting the geese and sheep and were really happy to get involve with the physical task of spreading new litter for the cattle.

Anthony took the group down to the riverbank to take cuttings from a fallen Black Poplar; he explained the difficult nature of propagation and the group pruned and planted nine saplings further downstream close to the bridge. With tree guards erected around the saplings the group signed and dated them. They took great interest in this activity and conversations turned to future generations who would see these saplings as mature trees.

Roger led the green wood working session using a beautiful piece of apple tree felled the day before. The group carved the seat and legs and managed to complete the bench in a couple of hours. It was product tested by everyone before being squeezed into the minibus.

The young people spent time in the Trust's Tithe Barn Gallery studying the large paintings by Sidney Nolan currently on display. One of the young people from St Basil’s is completing a Bronze Arts Award Qualification in conjunction with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and carried out first hand research as part of her Arts Award project. Writer Caroline Horton joined the group during her visit to The Rodd to plan her upcoming residency.

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Arts Council England