Introduction to our mission ‘The Big Build’
There is now lots of evidence that spending time in nature can bring huge benefit to both of physical and mental health. We are shaping a place for people to come together, learn, be creative and explore nature.
Our Big Build project aims to provide a dry warm indoor facility which can be used by schools, voluntary organisations and local businesses for outdoor recreation, education, workshops water based sports and camping. Without an indoor facility of this kind, this fantastic and unique site can only support occasional outdoor events and organisations that want to use it, have to pay for temporary structures like marquees and porta-loos.
This unique canal side space will create an important asset for people to take a step away from the busyness of modern life, reconnect with the natural world & the history of our canals. It will create an important space to learn new skills, build confidence self esteem whilst understanding the importance of working harmoniously with others.
Our Eco-cabin classroomThe installation of this eco classroom is the next big step to create a safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable community facility which serves local young people, and promotes social interaction and learning. We need this facility in place so we can open the doors to group bookings, encourage shared use and increase opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation by schools, young people with special needs and other youth organisations serving in Atherstone and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Canal and GreenThe green is a large recreational space that can be used for games, camping, campfires and fetes. Due to the location and it being a quiet part of Atherstone is it also a suitable place to find some of the smaller wildlife that we share our homes with such as dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, kingfishers, moorhen, swans and more. Parallel to the land is a wharf where canal boats can more and to make it a little easier to get into the water there is also a slip way. In the area the canal broadens where boats use to rotate, this is the perfect place to learn water activities such as canoeing, rafting and much more…
The Boat HouseThe boat house is a multipurpose space that can be used as a classroom, cafe or workshop. Inside there will be a small kitchen area, making it possible for the boatyard to sell tea and cake to passing trade.
An Eco ToiletBeing so close to the canal we wanted to put in place a sustainable solution that allowed our guests to relieve themselves without impacting the land. As a result, we have decided to put in a eco toilet. To the eye the toilet wont be any different from your normal loo, something about how it will work.
A plan worth funding
To apply for some serious funding, you need to have a serious plan. This means practical preparation work including pulling together defined costs for the upgrade work, confirming our building regulations documents (which incorporate all the planning North Warwickshire Planning department conditions).
Our first big booking
We welcomed a large party to our first ever booking. The Warwickshire Young Carers meeting was all about getting together and learning from each other through fun and creativity. We all had a lot of fun in the sunshine and hope to see everyone back again soon.