Official opening of the forest project
Video of the Forest Garden

Jersey Freemasons to assist Mont à l'Abbé School

The 2012/2013 charity is the Provincial Grand Lodge Fund of Benevolence in aid of the Mont à L' Abbé School Forest Project. So what is the project and what is it intended to achieve?

Mont à L' Abbé School caters for children with severe and complex learning difficulties between 3 and 18. It tries to help all pupils to recognise the world about them, but in the case of some disabilities, it is impossible to enable them to relate to nature.

The Forest project is to to build on an area of ground and convert it to a wild life area, but one which is easily traversed by those in wheelchairs and with walking difficulties.

But it is more than collecting money towards this project. The Province of Jersey has amongst its members, those with skills than can be utilised towards planning, designing, and managing the project, whilst there are many others who are fit enough to wield the tools.

So we will finance and build the needed facility for the school. Already under way, the plans have been drawn up by W.Bro Bruce Burnett. W.Bro Nick Bate assisted with the engineering designs whilst W.Bro Richard Le Cornu was in charge of the landscaping.

And much of the work was undertaken by members of the Province of Jersey, some of whom are shown here on one of the bridges in the garden.