The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held in the Green Routes garden in the grounds of Gartmore House on Saturday 1st December, and was followed by a barbecue in the Garden.
After the meeting, in spite of the damp weather, several students gave a display of the work they had done, illustrated by photographs, and explained various aspects of Green Routes life during the year.
Almost fifty Trustees, volunteers, students and their friends and relatives took part. This was the first time the AGM had been held at the Garden, and everybody agreed that it was a successful development.
Since the last edition of Garden News, only internal painting and the laying of non-slip flooring needs to be completed before our new office building is ready for use.
The next phase of work on improving wheelchair access has begun. This will take an improved path surface as far as the steps to the Lower Garden. A ramp will then be constructed over the existing steps.
We have purchased a replacement gearbox for our existing tractor. Refurbishing the tractor has proved to be a valuable learning exercise for some of our students.
A Jacob ram has been loaned to us from Wester Deans Farm and is now with our three ewes. This year's three lambs have been sold and will go to their new home just after Christmas.
Membership of the Student Consultative Committee comprises students, staff and garden volunteers. The committee has an important role in allowing students to contribute to the development of the Garden.
Through the committee, students are able to make recommendations on health and safety, the running of the project, suggested future activities and events, such as Christmas, and to make the views of other students known.
The Trustees welcome the views and recommendations of the committee and they are discussed at meetings of the Green Routes Board of Management.