A solar panel has recently been installed to provide a digital learning experience in the Yurt in the heart of the allotment. The 2.2 acre allotment provides an excellent outdoor learning space with the fully functional yurt, heated with a wood burner, and now will have digital screens to complete the learning experience.
Jamie Clarke, BCHA Learn Manager, said “We are so pleased that this funding has allowed us to provide a green solution for having renewable energy for our Yurt and is a fantastic way to provide digital learning. This will enhance the learning experience of our accredited Horticulture courses as well providing us with an opportunity to offer new courses covering renewable energy”.
The newly installed solar panel will enable students to have an interactive learning experience that will be powered by solar energy all year around.
Laura Jump, Chair of BCHA Green Champions Network said 'BCHA's Green Champions Network is committed to improve our impact on the environment and includes colleagues, customers and Board members that volunteer their time and experience. The introduction of solar panels at the Allotment is an example of the small initiatives that this group are leading on that can really make a difference. The solar panels add value on a number of levels including providing more opportunities for people to benefit from the beautiful location.'
BCHA Learn provide accredited City & Guilds, Level 1 & 2, Horticulture courses that are held entirely at the New Leaf allotment all year around. As well as offering skills and knowledge in the horticulture world, this course with its stunning outdoor venue, is also an excellent source of wellbeing.
To celebrate the renewable energy allotment there will be an Open Day on Wednesday 24th May, 1pm – 4pm, providing tours around the allotment as well as having opportunities to meet the Horticulture tutors and experts. There will also be information available on the volunteering opportunities and other outdoor learning courses that are coming up.
The New Leaf allotment has been an asset to the community for over 15 years with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff members that tender the ground and raised growing beds, poly-tunnels, pond and over 100 year old orchard with 40 apple trees.
Based in Throop, the allotment will be open from 1pm – 4pm on 24th May for 18+ only. For more details and to book your FREE place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or cgo to our Eventbrite page here.
For more information on the programme visit www.bcha.org.uk
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