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Mayor of Ashford Opens Caldecott's Forest Trail

The Forest Trail at the Caldecott Foundation’s main site in Kent has been officially opened by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Jenny Webb.

Constructed this summer, the Forest Trail enables young people from the Foundation’s children’s homes and Caldecott School to discover and explore their natural environment and learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep.

The Forest Trail was created by a team of volunteers from Sainsbury’s Ashford Bybrook store as part of the supermarket’s 150 Days Community Project, commemorating the grocery chain’s 150th anniversary this year.  The Ashford branch has furthermore selected the Caldecott Foundation as its Store Charity of the Year, and has committed to continuing to support the Foundation until June 2020 through fundraising and donations collected in-store.

“We had an amazing day for the Forest Trail opening”, said Jerry Evans, Lead Teacher for Caldecott’s Inclusion, Outreach and Forest School provision.  “Everything ran like clockwork and there was a great turnout from the suppliers, Sainsbury’s and Caldecott staff.

“Madam Mayor was very interested in our work and spent time not only opening the trail but also making some additions to the Bug Hotels and walking down to see the Land-Based Studies area at the school, which Sainsbury’s has also been working on.  She asked many questions about the work that Sainsbury’s has done and about the Caldecott Foundation in general.”

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