What sort of business supports the recycling of an old bowls club pavilion to a centre to promote a greater understanding of farming, food and wildlife conservation? The redundant Barton Bowls pavilion at Barton Recreation Ground was freely donated by the Bowls Club and dismantled by volunteers in December 2010 in freezing conditions. The new countryside centre at the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) in Barton, near Cambridge is now near completion thanks to the support and sponsorship of a local company.The company is Rheebridge, the vision of David Rapley who owns and manages the company and not surprisingly his philosophy is to combine sustainable development with high quality building and social responsibility. Indeed 10% of profits go to non-profit organisations and charities like the CRT.
The partnership began in 2010 when the CRT’s education programme with local schools was supported by Rheebridge. Sessions of planting and learning about plant growth in schools were followed by visits to the CRT farm in Barton where children were encouraged to explore and understand the cropping and habitat management used to help wildlife.
The new Countryside Centre at Lark Rise Farm will be a valuable resource for the CRT and include displays for visitors ahead of their walks around the wildlife-friendly farm, as well as interactive displays for school children. Find out more about the work of The Countryside Restoration Trust.