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Newview helps create purpose-built ecological education centre at Goodwood

Newview helps create purpose-built ecological education centre at Goodwood

Newview’s directors Michele & Duncan Wietscher attended a VIP opening at Goodwood on the 10th September 2021, for the official opening of a brand new, purpose-built ecological hub and education centre by Rt. Hon Nick Gibb Minister of State.

The new Goodwood Education Centre by Seeley Copse in Chichester, West Sussex is the culmination of a 10 month community rebuild involving contributions from more than 35 local partners and contractors, with Newview supplying and installing the energy efficient windows and doors.

The Goodwood Trust project in Seeley Copse, set in eight hectares of woodland, is dedicated to outdoor learning intended to inspire environmental understanding amongst young people in the South East (and beyond). Featuring a bright classroom for up to 60 children, the new building provides access to safe, practical hands-on learning and enrichment activities year-round.

Thanks to the community effort from local partners and contractors, over 3,000 children and young people will be able to use the facilities every year.

The Duke of Richmond, said:

“More than 40 years ago, my father set out to inspire a love and understanding of the natural world amongst young people. Today, this new building will ensure that his vision to empower future generations to become guardians of the great outdoors will continue.

Providing valuable life experiences

The new building has been transformational from the charity’s perspective. It is a much warmer, safer, more comfortable environment than the previous hut and it can now house additional learning activities. These include scientific work such as cooking with farm produce, art workshops and craft activities such as wool spinning, dyeing, weaving; and the implementation of a hub for sharing environmental and farming activities via webcams and internet.

Education organisations who would like to learn more about visits to Goodwood Estate can contact the Education Officer via emma.crane-robinson@goodwood.com.

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