Learning Centre building project

Building a base for our education and events programme

Currently, the only shelter available to people taking part in our courses and events is a marquee that offers a minimal level of protection from the elements. The Foundation is seeking to build a single-story 10×7 metre timber classroom to provide a base for people attending horticulture and wildlife workshops, as well as facilities for a curriculum-linked education programme for local primary schools. A permanent building would provide more effective shelter during poor weather, permit the secure storage of wildlife survey equipment and enable the display some of the results of our work and, overall, enhance our ability to meet our charitable objectives.

The creation of a permanent base for our activities would significantly enhance our ability to promote environmentally responsible gardening and its potential to contribute to biodiversity. The exterior of the timber building would be designed to have minimal impact on the immediate environment. It would feature a sustainable grass-and-perennial-mix roof, rainwater collection in a new soakaway pond, and roosting boxes to encourage bats.

What happens next?

Following submission of the planning application East Dorset District Council, the project took a major step forward towards the end of 2018 when permission was granted (subject to further investigations). For a small charity the work of confirming costs and raising the significant sums needed to achieve our aims will begin.

What you can do

  • Visit this website periodically for progress reports
  • Volunteer to help with the fundraising programme
  • Register as a Friend of the Foundation
  • Make a donation