Bolghen Tree Nursery is located on Palace Close Farm which is close to St Austell in the village of Trethowel. Palace Close Farm is a carbon net zero holding generating its own electricity via on site solar panels, water is supplied via an on-site borehole The nursery collects seeds locally to grow native broadleaf trees. At between 1-2 years, these saplings will be sold to organisations such as the Woodland Trust to aid the fight against climate change. Bolghen also offers meaningful volunteering opportunities to the community and vulnerable groups in the local area. These sessions not only teach the volunteers transferrable horticultural skills but also gives them access to nature and the abundance of health and wellbeing effects it provides.
This project will undertake a scoping exercise to investigate how the CIC can expand their tree nursery reach to the outlying parishes of Bugle, Roche, Treverbyn, St Austell Town and the Clays, to increase the volunteering opportunities to more vulnerable and socially excluded groups, including but not limited to NEETs, disabled people, elderly, refugee community, LGBTQ community, social prescribers, homeless or at risk of homelessness, people on probation, schools, women’s groups, ethnic minority groups, including traveller and gypsy communities of Bugle and beyond. Phase 1 will focus on installing a toilet and welfare office to be able to run volunteer sessions and making the links to the above communities and holding meetings with a relevant person/representative of each group. It will also continue to work with the current/new volunteers to further understand their needs and ensure volunteering at Bolghen is fulfilling them wherever possible.
Phase 2 will focus on physically getting out into the community and meeting the individuals from the specific groups outlined above via community hubs and other associated groups/establishments. Understanding what (if any) the barriers are to getting involved in volunteering (e.g. transport) and looking at ways of breaking those barriers down to increase volunteer uptake and ensure diversity is at the heart of Bolghen’s volunteer community.