We were devastated to learn this June that one of our most cherished community assets, the wooden pavillion at St Julian’s Community Woodland on the outskirts of Swindon, had been burned to the ground in a senseless act of vandalism. This site had hosted a range of community activities since its construction in 2016, including carol concerts, pumpkin carving and group events for people experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues, and was much-loved by local families and children in Swindon.

The pavillion before and after the arson attack.

Trudy, a former participant and now volunteer for the Trust’s wellbeing programme, said on discovering this act that she is: "..heartbroken, we have had some fantastic times with (mental health and wellbeing service) IPSUM at St. Julian’s Wood. Sitting around in the pavillion playing music, dancing and singing along… having a rest from our hard work and also sheltering from the rain and getting some shade on the hot sunny days."

The pavillion which was enjoyed by many of our wellbeing participants.

The local community has rallied around a campaign to raise funds and discuss future plans for the burn site,  ensuring that whatever replaces the pavilion also becomes a valuable and treasured community asset – if you want to make a contribution please do so on our website.