About us

There is now lots of evidence that spending time in nature can bring huge benefit to both of physical and mental health.

Our vision is to turn this green space into a safe haven for the local community to come and learn, socialise and improve their heath and wellbeing.

Our mission is to build a better community

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 journey has just begun, find out more about our space and how far we’ve come.


Our facilities

learning cabin

An Eco Classroom

We have recently won funding to complete our BIG BUILD project and now we are working hard to get our eco classroom constructed and ready for use this summer! Our classroom will 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. This 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. Check out our BIG BUILD project for more information.
The canal-side green space

The green and canal side

Our green is a large recreational space that can be used for games, camping, campfires and fetes. Situated beside the canal in Atherstone, there are great opportunities to spot some of the local wildlife such as dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, kingfishers, moorhens and swan. Parallel to the land is a wharf where canal boats can more and there is a slip way for easy access to the water. In the area the canal broadens where boats can rotate, this is the perfect place to learn water activities such as canoeing, rafting and much more…
Design for eco toilet

Toilet and wash facility

Today we have a small eco toilet onsite which limits our ability to host larger booking. Creating a sustainable, environmentally friend toilet and wash facility will enhance our space, making it available to more of the community. We are working hard to raise funds for a toilet and wash facility which will allow us to host camping groups, catered events and larger group bookings throughout the summer period. Check out our CANAL SIDE project for more information.
rubys yard plan

Car park

We like our visitors to come by foot, but to make the site accessible to all we have an allocated green space beside our entrance, which can house up to 3 vehicles. We aim to make this space a little easier to come and go, especially by wheelchair, so we are working hard to raise funds for a tarmac area. Check out our CANAL SIDE project for more details on our plans.

Storage shed

Ruby's Yard is a great space to enjoy the canal, so in future, we aim to facilitate canal side water sports such as canoeing. To do this we will need a secure space to store all our equipment. Right now, we are working hard to raise funds for a storage shed. Check out our CANAL SIDE project for more details on our plans.

Our Progress

Local consultation

Over the last 2 years we have held a number of consultation meetings with the residents of Slacks avenue, meeting with the planning department of North Warwickshire Borough Council and Canal & Rivers Trust.

Jul 2016

Planning application

In July 2017 we submitted a full planning application to change the use of the land from commercial boat yard to a community space and upgrade some of the existing buildings onsite.

Jul 2017

It's on... in theory

On Nov 6th 2017, we receive official green light from the planning board! A big step forward in making a long term dream into a reality for the young people of Atherstone and surrounding communities.

Nov 2017

Funding for toilet facilities

We submitted a bid for £1000 to the local councillors fund to install a compost toilet with the support of young volunteers. This application has been approved and we plan to carry out the work during a launch weekend in early Spring 2018.

Dec 2017

Youth group consultations

We toured round a number of youth based groups in the search of young people who want to become part of the Ruby’s Yard Young advisory board/panel.

Mar 2018

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).

Apr 2018

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.

Jul 2018

Raising funds

We applied for LEADER funding to fund our ‘Big Build’ project that gets Ruby’s Yard off the ground with an indoor centre. We also launched a SpaceHive campaign to raise funds from the public and charitable organisations. If we succeed, our plans can go ahead

Sep 2018

LEADER approved our funding

Based on the good progress we’ve made on SpaceHive and the soundness of our planning, LEADER have backed our project with the £50k we requested.

Nov 2018

SpaceHive target reached

Thanks to over 150 different backers, we exceeded our £11.5k target for SpaceHive. We are now working with a local supplier to build an Eco Classroom beside the canal.

Dec 2018

Eco classroom grand opening

This summer we will be opening the site with our newly constructed Eco Classroom. Come back in May to find out more about our grand opening and when it will be.

Summer 2019