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We need your help with our next project, which is something truly special!

In memory of one of our leading supporters, Professor Sir John Hills, we are building ‘The Education Barn’, an eco-friendly, 100% carbon neutral, outdoor classroom that will be used to deliver environmental programmes to children and young people.

The Barn will provide a space where outdoor and indoor seamlessly meet. A space where young people can learn and think in the fresh country air, where they can connect to nature and use what they find to create solutions to problems. Fully accessible, the Barn will use natural lighting and photovoltaic panels, keeping it off-grid. There will be a permanent fire pit at the front to keep warm and a living grass roof for local wildlife.

Professor Anne Power, one of the founders of NCRC and John’s wife, said: “John loved the outdoors and was a committed environmentalist, travelling across Europe by train and cycling everywhere. As well as caring deeply about nature, John had a real boyish enthusiasm for treasure hunts and creating outdoor adventures, which he would make up for the children in our family. The Barn is the perfect tribute – a place where children and young people can have fun and learn about the environment.”

The barn will be built thanks to the generosity of our loyal supporters, with more than half of the necessary funds already raised.

To continue our fundraising efforts, we have secured a much sought-after place as one of the charities benefiting from this year’s ‘Big Give,’ a match-funding campaign which will allows charities to double donations received between 28th November – 5th December.

We need you help us raise £4,000 through this campaign, which will go towards designing the environmental programmes for children and young people that will run from the Barn in the future.

NCRC’s Managing Director, Lesley Burrows said: “We’re delighted to be getting even closer to bringing this project to life in memory of John. This will be an important space in nature for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn in different ways, building confidence and green skills for the future.”

To donate to NCRC’s Big Give challenge, please click here

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