Volunteer 2012 - ongoing
Following some difficult and traumatic life
changing decisions, I was advised by a local walking group member to
contact The Walled Garden Project. I made an appointment to see the
Project Manager Rozz Crockford. On my visit I was shown around and
introduced to all the staff and other volunteers. I was made to feel
very welcome and so joined as a volunteer. I have now been with them
for nearly 5 years. I have grown in confidence and feel a valued
member of the team which has increased my self esteem. I am more
assertive and so able to make major decisions and have a voice which
is heard. I have the opportunity to learn new skills and
make new friends. The Staff at The Walled Garden Project are
like extended family and always happy to listen and help me when
Local Resident - 2016
I have lived in Tong Norton for some forty years.
During this time I have know Rozz Crockford and her family as
neighbours and as active members of our community.
I have also been aware of her involvement with
The Walled Garden Project for the past 12 years. For the most part of
this time I have been editor of the parish magazine and Rozz has sent
me regular updates on the progress of the charity to publish. It is
obviously a dynamic and serious-minded organisation and as such
well-respected locally. I know that Rozz is highly responsible and
deeply committed to her work.
When my husband was chairman of the Parish
Council he took an interest in the charity's work. He spoke warmly of
what they were doing to accommodate their clients.
Following the death
of my husband I have personally benefited from the help of one young
client, Tom, in my own garden. Under Rozz's supervision and with her
careful explanations of horticultural and health and safety issues, he
has done numerous jobs to help with its maintenance. He is a joy to
Cruckton Hall School (Cruckton,
Shropshire) 2016 - ongoing
On School Site Package*
I first approached Rozz and Emma from The Walled
Garden Project and asked them to come and have a chat about the kind
of work they do. From that first meeting, I knew that they would bring
a new dimension to our curriculum. They are enthusiastic and
passionate about the work they do. They are well organised with many
ideas of engaging our students, many of whom have challenging
behaviour. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They are very, calm
and professional motivating our students. They helped with our
Christmas Event and have some ideas for developing the KS4 curriculum.
Our students have certainly benefited from The Walled Garden Project
under the direction of Rozz and Emma and I have no doubt they would
enhance any students learning.
In addition to delivery on our site, One of our
Post 16 students meets with Rozz and Emma at The Walled Garden Project
one day each week, where he has had an excellent experience.
2004 - 2013
The Walled Garden Project provides an environment
and opportunity for vocational work for students which could not
be offered by a school. Students are enthusiastic about the activities
and challenges offered. Content of sessions is varied and well planned,
and the tools and equipment are provided on site. It is a wonderful
learning environment for staff and students.
Progress in restoration of the garden is visible for the students
and they feel part of the project. Project staff are enthusiatic,
knowledgeable and totally professional in their approach and have
created a very special working environment. Work is beautifully
presented and students are proud of their achievements. Various
accreditation schemes are in operation.
A worthwhile experience.
Alistair J. M. Bates
Walford & North Shropshire
College (Oswestry) 2004 - 2011
The provision offered by the Walled Garden Project is
the only one of its kind in the area. The rural activities that take
place have proven to be of benefit to our students and to the
Head of School, Continuing Education
Madeley Court School
(Telford, Shropshire) 2006
The Walled Garden Project has provided a high quality
learning environment to re-engage students who have found traditional
approaches difficult to access.
Director, Student Services
Wightwick Hall School
In my experience the Walled Garden Project offers
a unique facility to enhance the learning of our students. Two groups
of eight students take part. They have a range of learning difficulties
including some on the autistic spectrum.
The Walled Garden Project offers a very stimulating experience which
increases their confidence and gives them skills which aid their
progress towards independence. At the same time it provides a real
benfit to the environment through its rural activies. These skills
are then taken back to school and then benefit our local community
by enabling the students to use the skills they have learnt to initiate
environmental and rural activites of their own.
I cannot express enough the good that has come of
using the Walled Garden Project. Their staff are excellent and are
able to communicate their enthusiasm to the pupils in a way that they
appreciate and understand.
Mr Lyn Thomas
School Liaison Manager
(Madeley, Shropshire) 2004 - 2007
We've been using the Walled Garden Project for three
years to support the learning needs of children with special educational
The Project has been of enormous benefit to our puils who do not
have the oppotunities to experience the hands-on practical work
that the Project offers.
The Project has been used to work with individual pupils, without
which they may have faced an exclusion.
Mrs Belinda Logan
The students enjoyed the challenge of the Project
and were certainly stimulated by the practical activities taking
Special Educational Projects Manager