press release from the Wye Woods Project said: 'Prince Charles
was extremely interested in the traditional crafts and skills
which form the basis of the work we do', said Kate Tudge,
Project Manager, adding that 'he himself enjoys participating
in hedge laying.'
were delighted that he was able to speak to each and every
one of the participants at the project on the day of his
visit. He was particularly impressed with the Bird Feeders.'
Wood Project offers participants a valuable opportunity
to gain confidence in an environment away from their day
to day lives. Some people who attend the project have never
picked up a hand tool before, or even visited a wood before,
whereas others have worked as joiners or craftsmen. The
supportive environment of the project means that participants
and volunteers learn from each other, gaining in self confidence
have had several participants, who have been previously
long- term unemployed, move through the project on to employment.
Often people join the project as a participant with significant
health or social problems, attend for several months as
a participant before moving on to volunteer with the project
making goods for sale or working on woodland contracts.'