The funding will enable the charity to commence work on their new Earth Lab and Innovation Hub buildings this spring. This forms part of a much larger innovative Gateway Programme, which will engage and inspire people to care for the environment.
This first project will demonstrate sustainable construction, environmental education and support environmentally aware businesses through leading by example.
Earth Lab will provide flexible classroom space, enabling Earth Trust to deliver STEM and art based environmental education. The development will allow visitors to discover what they can do to care for environmental ecosystems.
Earth Lab will double the charity’s capacity to engage young people and provide opportunities for bringing environmental science to life.
The Innovation Hub will offer multi-use business units for sustainability conscious businesses. It’ll be an inspiring welcome for visitors to the farm, including Wittenham Clumps.
Interactive activities will help visitors discover the rich history of the surrounding landscape in new and relevant ways. Visitors will be encouraged consider their own role in ensuring we all benefit from healthy ecosystems. The result will be a generation that actively values and cares for their planet.
CEO Jayne Manley commented:
“The funding award from the Local Growth Fund… demonstrates that they support our vision for a better future for the environment in Oxfordshire… We believe that the Earth Lab and the Innovation Hub will catalyse creative thinking and debate as we work together to address the enormous biodiversity and climate emergency challenges we face.’
Construction of the Earth Lab and the Innovation Hub commences this Spring 2020.