On Thursday 16th September, Michael Fabricant attended the Anniversary celebrations of Cherry Orchard Garden Services which moved to Burntwood 10 years ago.
Michael said “This is a wonderful idea providing gainful employment and quality care for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems. This innovative scheme ought to be repeated in other parts of the country.
“Originally an initiative of then councillor Terry Finn in Lichfield, COGS moved to its present location behind Burntwood Memorial Hall when the site in Lichfield was redeveloped. My congratulations to the whole team who provide valuable work for those who might otherwise not find a real purpose in life.
“I agree with the ethic of COGS who say: ‘We believe everyone should have an active and positive role in their community. Through work based learning, our members gain new skills, find friendships, and embrace the confidence and independence needed for everyday life.’ And where better to do this in a natural garden environment? Michael asks.
Photo shows, front row l to r: Cllr Mike Wilcox, Michael Fabricant, Di Evans (Chair of Burntwood Town Council), and Terry Finn (chairman of COGS)