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Time running out for funding vote

Published Monday, 13th November 2017 in Oatridge Campus news

Forest School Project
Pictured: an example of possible sheltered area that would encourage the surrounding community and education groups to engage more with the woodland environment

The clock is ticking for people to cast their votes for an innovative community project at Scotland’s Rural College.

A group of HND and HNC Countryside and Environment Management have applied for a grant through the Aviva Community Fund to help build a Tudor-style shelter in the grounds of the college’s Oatridge campus in West Lothian.

The aim of the project, which will cost around £5,000, is to create a safe and sheltered area that will encourage the surrounding community and education groups to engage more with the woodland environment.

Once completed, the outdoor classroom will not only benefit SRUC students, but also local community groups, Scouts and primary schools, giving them a space to develop skills such as bush crafts.

Once up and running, the shelter will allow lecturer John McGregor to train SRUC students to become qualified level 3 forest school leaders. Not only would students be leaving with an additional qualification, but it would also increase their employability.

John McGregor said: “This is a terrific project led by a group of very enterprising SRUC students. If we can get the votes, and the funding, the shelter will be a real asset to the local community. Research has shown there are great benefits in terms of concentration and productivity among children and young people working within a natural environment, so we’d love members of the community to support the project by casting their votes.”  

The closing date for voting in the Aviva Community Fund ballot is Tuesday 21 November. To vote for the Oatridge outdoor shelter, please click here.

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