Environment

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

We are seeking funding to transform an old woodland back to its natural habitat, and land known as Scout land into an area to be a haven for wildlife, to be enjoyed by our 120 children aged between 5 and 18.
This year 1st Wigton Baden-Powell Scouts acquired a woodland called Brookfields Wood. The 2 acre woodland was part of a former school and has suffered from years of neglect.

Using the traditional scouting programme we are very active in teaching the importance of the environment around us and sensitive conservation that supports natural habitats. This has involved planting trees, litter picking on our beaches and visiting areas of environmental importance. The land and woodland enables us to develop this programme further, and really enhance the experience of our children, however we need equipment and a range of resources that are appropriate for our youngest Beavers through to our oldest Senior Scouts to use.

We are seeking funding to help transform both pieces of land by purchasing the following:

One ride on lawnmower. Our current mower was donated and is now constantly breaking down and needing parts. The new one would be mainly used on Scout land for cutting the large grassed area, which is used for a large part of our outdoor activities, including camping. The cuttings would be used as mulch which would be used in the plants grown by Beavers and Cubs.

One heavy duty petrol strimmer. We currently have to borrow a strimmer. The strimmer would be used to keep the pathways clear and control the undergrowth in Brookfields Wood.

One chainsaw. Used by our leaders, who will have a chainsaw license, to manage the trees on both Scout land and Brookfields Wood.

Four short handle axes. These will be used by our Scouts and Seniors, who have passed their axe test and under full supervision, in managing the woodland. This will be part of their conservation badge work.

Two storm shelters. These will mean we can continue meetings in Brookfields wood even on the wettest days.

30 various bug hotels. These unfinished bug houses will be painted by our Beaver colonies and then place throughout the wood. These will give the insects a safe place and attract more insects into the wood.

Ten bug viewers and nets. These will used to collect and view the insects which can be found in Brookfields Wood.

Twenty five assorted size warm wellies. Help keep Beavers’ and Cubs’ feet dry and insulated while enjoying activities on Scout land and Brookfields Wood.

Owl box x 2, Bat boxes x 2, hedgehog house x2 and multi species bird box x 3. These will help and attract more wildlife back into the wood.

Please vote for us and help us maintain Scout land and transform the wood back into a habitat to be enjoyed by wildlife and our children together.

1st Wigton Baden-Powell Scout Group

Moment of Pride

1st Wigton B-P Scouts have always taught the importance of the environment through our Scouting programme. With this funding we will be able to teach even more.

Location: Wigton, Cumbria, UK