28th March 2018
London residents will soon be able to get closer to nature, thanks to the construction of a new £200,000 outdoor classroom at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
Owned by national land management charity the Land Trust, the Ecology Park is a green oasis in a fast-developing urban area and provides a valuable home for a wide variety of plants, animals and insects.
The park is situated in the heart of Greenwich Millennium Village, alongside the River Thames, and is an increasingly popular venue for a wide range of outdoor activities delivered by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), from pond dipping and den building to volunteer conservation workdays.
Funded by Ikea, Veolia Environmental Trust, People’s Postcode Lottery, Bernard Sunley Foundation, the local Friends of Greenwich Ecology Park and generous community donations, the classroom will accommodate up to 30 people for a wide range of activities for all ages, and is due to open in May.
Simon Pile, estates manager with the Land Trust said: “The new outdoor classroom will be a fantastic resource for the whole community. The Conservation Volunteers do a great job in attracting both children and adults to the park. Their events and activities are increasingly popular, so this new resource will provide much-needed additional space for inspiring people about wildlife, conservation and the natural environment.
“Getting close to nature is more challenging in London than in many parts of the country. For many schoolchildren, a visit to the Greenwich Ecology Park can be their first opportunity to explore the natural world, so this classroom will help us expand this vital role of connecting young people to the wildlife habitats on their doorstep.”
Joanne Smith, senior warden with The Conservation Volunteers, added: “We are really excited about the new building and can’t wait to open it up to the public and start organising new community activities. We’re extremely grateful to the funders, volunteers and local community for making this happen.”
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