Education hub with eco twist

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  • Pod building funded by Soroptimists, Lytham Schools Foundation and Lancashire Environmental Fund
  • Will host forest school sessions
  • Demand for education on Lytham park increased

Education hub with eco twist is officially opened

The ‘eco pod’ at Park View was opened by Susan Smith and Jane Pinnock, trustees from Soroptimist Fylde Limited.

The building has been 
developed by Julie Norman, park ranger and forest school practitioner at the park.

Demand for environmental education on the park has increased with schools, uniform groups and wildlife clubs regularly using the park.

Mrs Norman said: “We are delighted that all of our funders are delighted with this new facility and are very pleased that Pod Living who designed it created a space that is multi-purpose, environmentally-friendly and sustainable.

“Every day people visit the building just to have a look around and ask how they can use it.”

‘Every day people visit the building just to have a look around and ask how they can use it

Julie Norman

The Lytham Schools Foundation and the Lancashire Environmental Fund provided 20 per cent of the funding with the remaining 80 per cent provided by Soroptimist Fylde Limited, the charitable arm of Soroptimist International of the Fylde.

Trustees from the charity were staggered by the amount of people who can benefit from the project.

Jane Pinnock said: “Park View 4U is a fantastic team of enthusiastic, creative, 
hard-working individuals,
 including the staff and trustees.

“When the Soroptimists learnt that Park View 4U were raising money to build an eco classroom as the next phase in the development of the community facilities at the park, it was a relatively easy decision to offer to work with them to achieve this vision.”

Susan Smith and Jane Pinnock unveiling the plaque at the new Eco pod

Susan Smith and Jane Pinnock unveiling the plaque at the new Eco pod