Natural Outdoor Learning for N.Cumbria

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Natural Outdoor Learning for N.Cumbria

Natural Outdoor Learning for N.Cumbria

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We are setting up a Sustainable Outdoor Nursery in North Cumbria with a community focus, a space where little people can thrive in nature. Rewilding the space, growing fruit and veg & reducing stress.

Heads Nook Idea stage

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Our Sustainable Outdoor Nursery will provide children with a natural and engaging environment for learning and play. It will feature a large, natural play area where little people can run, explore, and discover, as well as dedicated areas for gardening, nature crafts, and environmental exploration. The little people will be able to engage with nature, improve their physical and mental health, and develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. They’ll also make new friends and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. We'll even provide good quality, eco-friendly cold and wet weather kits to ensure all little people stay warm. The Outdoor Nursery will support the local community, providing jobs and training, partnering with local businesses and sustainable British businesses to ensure we can make this a real eco community hub.

What we'll deliver:

  • Open an Outdoor Nursery for children aged 2+ in North Cumbria
  • Put up a Yurt or equivalent for shelter in extremely poor conditions
  • Install 3 composting toilets
  • A set of quality, eco friendly cold and wet weather wear gear for any low and no income child attending
  • Sets of child friendly equipment for outdoor and gardening activities
  • Training for staff team in relevant areas to up skill for outdoor learning

Why it's a great idea:

In our area, there are no outdoor nurseries or preschools, and of the nurseries and preschools that do exist, they only have limited outdoor provisions, and most are fully booked with long waiting lists. Much evidence shows how important time in nature is to children. We have talked to local parents and found many whose little people are struggling with traditional early years settings, and we feel opening an outdoor nursery is the right step to make a difference. Our nursery will be sustainable and eco-friendly, providing little people and their families with support and training in outdoor activities and sustainability. We plan to hire passionate local people and help to train and qualify them, creating a positive work culture where all are valued. The nursery will create links with local businesses and sustainable British businesses to build partnerships and boost the local economy. We will rewild the area to help with local biodiversity.

Steps to get it done:

  • Ordering Yurt
  • Ordering Compostable loos
  • Employing nursery manager
  • Booking in first 12 children
  • Receiving free native plants and trees
  • Yurt in place and ready to use
  • Employing team members
  • Outdoor training days run

We will start in the area around Carlisle and Brampton. However, we plan to expand and open more nurseries in the surrounding area where needed and eventually across the UK. We are keen to connect with landowners who want to see an outdoor nursery on their land, which would benefit the local area. We also plan to start funding, giving low- and no-income families access to quality outdoor provisions.


Location Heads Nook

About the space

North Cumbria, on the outskirts of Carlisle and Brampton


Carlisle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £26,882

18ft Yurt - £12,396 (46%)
Composting Toilets x 3 - £9,125 (34%)
Tough eco waterproof wear for low and no income children (10x sets) - £1,170 (4%)
Team Outdoor Bushcraft Development Training - £780 (3%)
Children's Gardening equipment - £484 (2%)
Hazel Hurdles for calm spaces - £368 (1%)
Willow Learning space, including delivery - £244 (1%)
Fire Equipment - £141 (1%)
Seeds to start off vegetable patch - £47 (0%)
Other - £2,128 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

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18ft Yurt
Composting Toilets x 3
Tough eco waterproof wear for low and no income children (10x sets)
Team Outdoor Bushcraft Development Training
Children's Gardening equipment
Hazel Hurdles for calm spaces
Willow Learning space, including delivery
Fire Equipment
Seeds to start off vegetable patch
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Funding for Low / No Income families to access Nursery for first year, including appropriate wet and cold weather clothing
  • Play equipment for open ended pay and tools

Total £26,882

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