Help us build an EcoClassroom for EcoPark!
Help us reach our £5,000 target to realise our EcoClassroom dream!
For 19 years, EcoPark, our Environmental Education Centre in Small Heath has offered children, families and local groups a wild oasis where they can discover and connect with the nature on their doorstep.
Each year, thousands of local schoolchildren have the opportunity to pond dip, explore local woodland and hunt mini-beasts in the meadow. Thanks to EcoPark they can experience the benefits of time spent in nature away from the technologically driven world they are growing up in.
However, EcoPark lacks a suitable inside space to welcome our visitors and host our staff. Currently there is no suitable shelter for schools or families to retreat into in bad weather. The current facilities for our education team are now becoming unsafe, particularly in winter.
We have developed plans for a new Ecoclassroom that will enable us to improve the comfort of visitors to EcoPark and encourage more schools and community groups to visit the site all year round in the knowledge that improved facilities are there as a fall-back in bad weather.
We have been awarded a Community Asset Transfer by Birmingham City Council, which effectively gives us a 25- year lease and enables us to construct a new Eco-classroom. In addition to the classroom space, the design from APEC architects includes an office, kitchen, space for volunteers and a disabled access toilet.
‘Naturally’ the design incorporates the highest standards and sustainable materials in order to minimise the building’s environmental impact.
We have secured planning permission and most of the funding - Now we just need an additional £5,000 to be able to go ahead.
Anything you can give to help us reach our target will be very gratefully received.