As I’m sure you are aware, one strand of the charitable purpose of the Trust is promoting environmental education. For this purpose, we will be erecting (at the time this newsletter is being published, in fact) a new timber-framed Education Shelter in the Willett Educational Garden. The location of the shelter is behind where the bug hotel and compost heaps were located, meaning that there will be no reduction in the size of the Willett Educational Garden itself. This area was originally covered by thick bramble, but even after clearing the required area, the shelter will still be enclosed on three sides.
The Education Shelter is a single-storey building with a veranda to the front which will have a ramped access for wheelchairs, and will be large enough to seat a class of 30 children. The building will provide additional covered space for schools when they visit, which will be especially useful in inclement weather. The Willett Educational Garden itself will also be re-modelled, providing a variety of wildlife habitats which, of course, will all then be within close proximity to the new shelter. At the moment, only the building itself is being erected, and this part of the project should be complete before Christmas. We will then, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, run an electricity supply to the shelter. As you can imagine, this new facility will offer a lot of potential to our educational capabilities.
Martin – Asst. Manager