LoveMilton Love Adventure - Part Deux

Round two of our Love Milton Love Adventure project is over, and once again we’re really impressed with the work our volunteers have done. This time around, our task was to renovate the Miltonbank Primary School garden, which was no small task.

Day one… They don’t even know what they’ve got themselves in for (not really- we wouldn’t be that cruel).

We were given several ‘mini-projects’ to complete, which comprised the programme as a whole. These included: changing the plastic-bottle greenhouse to a sheet greenhouse; completely renovating the rotted-through wooden flowerbeds; building a path through the garden; building a small shelter and a compost area.

A compost bin fit for a king.

This course saw the volunteers really progress in terms of their skill, especially with wood. They learnt all sorts of techniques to make wood structures stronger, last longer, avoid rotting and so on. This enabled the team to build a load of different things, from the aforementioned greenhouse to some pretty nifty stairs up to the little build. All of them wood used was recycled or unwanted, making this another environmentally friendly project undertaken by Love Milton.

Holes for Poles.

Perhaps the most impressive structure of the course, though, was the shelter built just by the flowerbeds. Call me biased, but sitting under the completed shelter on a warm summer’s day, eating a barbeque lunch and drinking room temperature coke really gave me an affection for the place. It’s little moments like that which make you realise what a great garden this will be for the kids at Miltonbank, though they perhaps shouldn’t be allowed to have their own barbeques.

A few more nails, a bit of seating around the edge, and the shelter would be complete.

It wasn’t all about building during Love Milton Love Adventure 2. As before, the volunteers got to go canoeing every Thursday, courtesy of Wild By Nature. The scenery, as you’d expect, was stunning; and there’s nothing more relaxing than rowing along a calm lake surrounded by trees and hills.

Lovely!

Volunteers were also able to gain qualifications whilst on the course. They were given the opportunity to earn their CSCS cards, which prove that they are qualified to work on construction sites, thus opening more avenues for our volunteers to find good quality employment. They were also able to learn first aid, making our construction areas safer whilst giving the volunteers a few more useful life skills.

Overall, it was another really valuable course, and helped our volunteers take a great step towards being the sort of skilled workers who can not only be invaluable in their contributions to our community self-build projects in the future, but can also find good employment in the industry. Thumbs up!