PADDY’S PEACOCK WOOD
Paddy Williams is a much loved and well respected man in the village. He is 84years old and has lived in Redmile for 50 years. He has three children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and they are all a very big part of his life. His three children have attended Redmile School and one of his sons was a teacher there until recently.
Over the years Paddy has seen many changes around the Vale of Belvoir and the most recent change is the Engine Yard. In 1951 when Paddy was 15 he started work at the Engine Yard as a young apprentice carpenter and joiner and on completion of his apprenticeship, he did 2 years National Service with the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment where he served in Malaya and Germany.
Paddy has always enjoyed gardening and that is evident when you pass by his home and see his garden overflowing with flowers, trees and vegetables. Paddy has grown all of his own vegetables for many years now. He loves to share his knowledge of gardening to anyone who is interested. You can spend hours talking to him over his garden gate while he shares his tricks of the trade with you.
Paddy has a vision. For many years now he has been dreaming of developing a wooded area somewhere in the Vale of Belvoir. He recently announced to a group of us that he had been successful in obtaining 200 trees from the Woodland Trust and from there he has now been granted permission from the Duchess to plant his trees on her land in Redmile. Andy and Sally Morley have been very supportive of Paddy’s idea and are happy for him to proceed to develop his Woodland on their farm land.
When you speak with Paddy, you can’t help but be excited for him. He has so many great ideas about how to design and develop his Woodland. A name has been chosen ……….PEACOCK WOOD.
Paddy has gathered a small group of people together to start the initial planning but what he would like to see, is as many people as possible to help him create Peacock Wood. He believes it will be a great project for families with children, young and old, to come together to help with the project. He would like anyone interested in helping him create the Woodlands, to come forward and join in this community venture.
Paddy envisages the woods will be a place where families and friends can meet and walk around and even enjoy a picnic at the tables he plans to build in the woods. The woods will attract wildlife, birds and bees, flowers and trees. Paddy’s plans hope to include beehives, bird boxes and wild flowers.
Can you imagine how much pleasure this will bring, to us and thousands of people, for many, many years to come?
Although Paddy has been successful in obtaining the trees from the Woodland Trust, there will still be many costs involved in developing the site to achieve everything he has envisaged.
That’s where we can all help make Paddy’s Peacock Wood come to life. Today we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise the money that is needed to plant and develop Peacock Wood. Not only for Paddy but for the Redmile, Barkestone, Plungar and of course all of our neighbouring villages.
Our fundraising idea is called ‘THE GIVING TREE’.
We have 200 tickets to sell. Every person that donates to the Giving Tree will have their name entered into the book that Amanda Johnston will be writing to document the project. It will remain there forever and a day for all to see until the end of time. Every donor will be invited to the official opening celebration of Peacock Wood where our local celebrity Mark Dennison will do the honours of announcing the opening.
Every person that donates to THE GIVING TREE has a 1 in 200 chance to win a prize. Remember, only 200 tickets are available. If every ticket is sold we will raise £5,500. All monies raised will go towards the creating of Peacock Wood. There are foot bridges to build, tracks and paths to dig, diggers to be hired, picnic tables to purchase and signage to be built and erected.
Jump on line now to THE GIVING TREE and you will go down in history as one of the original founders of Peacock Wood. You just might win the big prize.
Let’s get behind Paddy’s Peacock Wood project and together we will see his vision come to life. Although it is Paddy’s vision, he wants nothing more than to see this bring the people of the Vale as much pleasure as he believes it will, for many years to come.
‘Time spent among trees is never wasted’
How can you help?
All the proceeds from The Giving Tree will go towards the creating of Peacock Wood and to making it into a community space.
Donating to The Giving Tree
Here’s how it works. Each Giving Tree ticket is numbered from 1 to 200. When you purchase a ticket you donate the number on the ticket in £ value. So if you choose ticket 25, you donate £25, ticket 1 you donate £1 and ticket 200 you donate £200 etc… This way everyone can donate how much they want and we get to create the community space that Paddy dreamed the woods would be.
We will be producing a book to document the creation of Peacock Wood. Every person who donates to the Giving Tree will have their name printed in the book. You will be part of history and your name will be there for all to see until the end of time.
The Giving Tree: how to donate and enter the prize draw
Jump online now to donate………….and choose your favourite number and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from the Woodland Trust one of which is a Yearly Family Membership..
Let’s get behind Paddy’s Peacock Wood project and together let’s create a community space we are all proud of and that generations can enjoy for years to come.
Want to get involved?
We would like anyone interested in helping to create the Woodlands, to come forward and join in this community venture. To find out more please join our facebook page called ‘Making Peacock Wood’.
‘Time spent among trees is never wasted.’