‘Not a nail in sight’ as barn opens walkway
The team at Orchard Barn in Ringshall has celebrated the opening of its Lottery-funded Access to the Orchard project.
The innovative scheme used £9,100 of Lottery money to create a boardwalk to allow wheelchair users better access to the site.
And, in line with all Orchard Barn projects, the footpath was carefully handmade by a team of dedicated volunteers.
Sarah Partridge, manager of the centre, said: “We turn pretty much everything into learning opportunities.
“That is what we have done from the beginning and that’s what we are still doing.”
Karen Cannard, from the Rubbish Diet, joined the team last week to officially open the new pathway which will allow people in wheelchairs greater accessibility to the centre’s facilities.
Sarah said the project had been a great opportunity to teach traditional building skills.
“We started the project in June last year and have just had the celebration to mark it being finished,” she said.
“We have involved 38 people in the making of the boardwalk in total, lots of volunteer opportunities and training at traditional constriction.”
“There is not a nail in sight – there aren’t any nails anywhere in fact.
“We used a pole lathe to make the ballasts and wooden pegs to keep the oak boards in place – and we made all the pegs ourselves.
“We have used some really unusual shapes in the boardwalk and some of our fruit tree wood for the hand rails.
“But the most important thing is that it provides access into the orchard and to our facilities for those who are less able.”.
For more information about Orchard Barn please visit www.orchardbarn.org.uk