A pioneering project that brings new learning experiences to children and young people has opened in the North York Moors National Park.
The project utilises 97 acres of farmland as a resource to teach young people and their leaders about where their food comes from and about the importance of fresh, seasonal and local produce combined with the benefits of being active.
Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre at Cropton, near Pickering, provides practical sessions to allow students to get involved with food growing and livestock production as well as learning how to prepare healthy meals for themselves. Students also take part in challenging outdoor activities, learning about healthy active lifestyles.
Partly funded by the Big Lottery Local Food Project, a £59.8 million programme supported by the big lottery fund which provides funding for the projects working to make local food more accessible and affordable to communities, the centre has been extended with a new sustainable eco-friendly building adding more than 30 residential places to the existing accommodation.
Peat Rigg offers a unique sense of peace and tranquility, providing reassurance and security to participants of its courses, which include disadvantaged, disaffected and special needs groups. They will learn about farming, horticulture, cooking healthy food and the benefits of being active in the best environment.
Ian Thorpe, Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre Director, said:
“This is an exciting and innovative project, which will make a big difference to the lives of many young people in the North East by giving them a unique opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing.”
Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager, said:
“Projects like this have a wide and lasting impact on the community and we are delighted to support them.
“Our scheme is about promoting the benefits of locally-grown food, and this project demonstrates how these can stretch beyond just healthy eating to giving young the opportunity to get involved with growing their own food and learning about where it comes from as well as getting active.”