21 March 2013

Children from Brigstock Primary School will be the first to enjoy a new outdoor classroom at Northamptonshire County Council’s Fermyn Woods Country Park.

The new classroom is being officially opened this Friday (22nd March) and has been created to for schools and groups visiting the park to take part in educational ranger-led sessions including nature discovery activities such as bug hunting or making smelly cocktails with water and wild plant leaves.

The outdoor classroom seats up to 50 children and will also be available for hire by groups and individuals for events and parties, thereby raising money to help pay for its upkeep.

The new classroom has been funded by a landfill community grant from WREN, a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.

It has also received funding from the Friends of Fermyn Woods Country Park who work tirelessly on a range of projects to improve the park.

Cabinet member for customers and communities Councillor Heather Smith said: “I would like to thank both WREN and the Friends of Fermyn Woods Country Park as this project would not have become a reality without their help.

“The new outdoor classroom is a fantastic addition to the park and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by lots of people for both education and fun.

“It’s just part of our ongoing work to improve our country parks so that we can attract more visitors and eventually they can become self-financing, therefore ensuring that they can continue to be enjoyed by county residents long into the future.”

Fermyn Woods Country Park has seen a number of improvements over the last year, including the addition of a toddler activity area in the Skylark cafe.