This year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 8th December 2018. The meeting is open to everyone including students, their parents, carers and supporters, members of the local community and their representatives, who is interested in hearing about the work of Green Routes and its students over the last year.
This information will be shared through the annual reports of the Chair of the Green Routes Board (Pete Williams), Project Development Manager (Gillian Forster) and Treasurer (Bernard Love). Student Jordan Milne will bring us up to date on some new developments at Green Routes.
The meeting will also include the election of Board Members and Office Bearers for 2019.
Further details, including the time and place, will be published shortly.
The date of our Christmas Lunch will be announced shortly
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.
The well-established Garden Committee has now been renamed as the Green Routes Student Consultative Committee. Its membership comprises students, staff and garden volunteers. The committee's new title more accurately describes the work of the group and the important role that students have in contributing to the development of the Garden.
At the most recent meeting in October, student members recommended, among other things:
• New fire safety signs that should be displayed
• Suitable signs for the new office
• Ways to make sure that the views of other students were made known at meetings
The meeting also discussed:
• How various garden activities had gone this year, including progress with important new projects such as the teaching garden
• Plans for activities in the immediate future including preparation for various Christmas events
The views and recommendations of the committee were welcomed and accepted by the Trustees of the Project at the November meeting of the Green Routes Board of Management.
The next meeting of the Student Consultative Committee will be in January 2016.