A group of first year BSc horticulture students are celebrating a successful fundraising event. They utilised old greenhouse stock by decorating and selling trees to raise money for a local charity. In late February, Kerstin, Alex and Vikki were able to donate more than £200 to Mencap Chelmsford.
City of Chelmsford Mencap is an independent organisation providing services for people with a learning disability across mid-Essex, ensuring they receive care and support to live life to the full. WUC students visited Mencap's Community Garden at Writtle's Victoria Road Allotments to contribute funds and meet the team.
WUC student and charity event organiser Kerstin Tilley said: "It was lovely to meet Jules and all of the others from Mencap. The money will be put to good use to buy tools and maybe a hosepipe. They look forward to putting in a little decking area to use when the weather turns warmer and to getting their wildlife pond repaired."
The students were given the chance to see planting take place at the allotments. The resulting produce will be used for fork-to-fork days, when meals are cooked to raise funds for the charity.