We're looking for help to re-invigorate the outdoor space at one of our outdoor education centre in the Lake District.

As a charity we have three outdoor education centres in the wonderful Lake District; Brathay Hall at the head of Windermere, Hinning House in the stunning Duddon Valley and our lovely Coniston centre, Low Bank Ground.

Each require high levels of maintenance and upkeep, which, sadly, means some areas can become neglected. Such is the case at our Low Bank Ground centre where the outdoor space has become tired with broken paving slabs and uneven surfaces. This is something we want to rectify with the help of a generous company or companies.

The Centre

The Low Bank Ground Outdoor Education Centre works primarily with primary aged children, many of whom come from the Wigan area. In recent years it has also seen increasing numbers attend from Cumbria.

At the centre we provide high quality, enjoyable learning using the great outdoors.

Our qualified and experienced teaching staff offer courses where the emphasis is on an adventurous approach to the exploration of natural environments such as mountain, forest, lake and river. We have a wide range of resources available and the experience to be able to adapt our courses to accommodate requests from school or college groups. We work with visiting staff to provide the range of activities they need, whether this is to focus on a relevant curriculum area, team building or environmental issues.

Situated on the shore of beautiful Coniston Water, Low Bank Ground is the perfect base for all outdoor activities with easy access to the lake and fells.

The Centre can accommodate up to 52 people in two self-contained buildings and both the indoor and the outdoor spaces are critical to the experience of the children and young people who stay with us. 

What's the problem?

Whilst the setting is stunning and the buildings very comfortable, the outdoor space is in need of a serious upgrade...

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As you can see, the space is dilapidated, with cracked slates, broken walls and uneven surfaces - simply, not an inviting space.

It’s hard to give a sense of what it looks like without visiting the site, however the images above do give a sense of the current condition.

What can be done?

Well, we have a few ideas about ways the area could be improved:

  • resurface the paved area to make it more attractive and fit for purpose
  • improve drainage around the paved area
  • replace steps with ramps for better access
  • reduce the height of the path just outside the centre
  • widen gates and create better access to the paved area

Most of all we want this to be a space that inspires children and young people, supports their learning and personal development, allows them to share their experiences and helps us help them achieve their potential.

Could you help?

As a charity in an extremely challenging financial market we are looking for an organisation, or organisations, willing and able to support us bring this facility up to the appropriate standard. 

This could be either financial support or practical support, skills or equipment to deliver the project.

What's in it for you?

Helping us helps you too, by:

• creating links between your company and the community
• boosting staff morale and company loyalty
• developing employees’ skills
• promoting creativity and offering management and/or leadership opportunities
• enhancing your company’s brand, values and reputation.

Think you can help? Get in touch with our Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby, by email here.

or give him a ring on 015394 39728.