Help us build a large log cabin in Ruby’s Yard - a former boatyard which has been converted into a green space next to the Coventry Canal, Atherstone – where children, young people and families can enjoy and learn about the natural world.
Our Big Build project aims to provide a dry warm indoor facility which can be used by schools, voluntary organisations and local businesses for outdoor recreation, education, workshops water based sports and camping. Without an indoor facility of this kind, this fantastic and unique site can only support occasional outdoor events and organisations that want to use it, have to pay for temporary structures like marquees and porta-loos.
This project has just been awarded £50000 from the EU funded LEADER programme – and many people have already contributed towards our target to raise an additional £12000 towards the total costs of this building.
We are now very close to reaching this target - but we still need your help to get there!
What we'll deliver:
- Large New Eco Classroom
- Canal-side community space for local groups to enjoy the natural world
Why it's a great idea:
There is now lots of evidence that spending time in nature can bring huge benefit to both of physical and mental health.
This unique canal side space will create an important asset for people to take a step away from the busyness of modern life, reconnect with the natural world & the history of our canals. It will create an important space to learn new skills, build confidence self esteem whilst understanding the importance of working harmoniously with others.
The installation of this eco classroom is the next big step to create a safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable community facility which serves local young people, and promotes social interaction and learning.
We need this facility in place so we can open the doors to group bookings, encourage shared use and increase opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation by schools, young people with special needs and other youth organisations serving in Atherstone and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Steps to get it done:
- Secure £50k from LEADER Funding
- Demolition of Existing Buildings
- Preparing the Foundation for the New Classroom
- The BIG Build of the New Classroom
- Environmental Assessment (planning requirement following the build)