Bristol CC Outdoor Education Centre situated in the village of Parkend in The Forest of Dean

Thursday 28 March 2024


Well, it's been a busy Winter! We have had some major work done already this year.

One project we are particularly excited to announce is the total refurbishment of our second floor bathrooms. This also incorporated a new en-suite bathroom to Staff Rm 21, featuring large over head shower, heated mirror and towel rail and waterfall basin tap etc. We do try to look after our visiting adult leaders!

We have also bought some very nice new oak bedroom furniture for visiting staff in Rms 21 & 31.

We have also been busy in the kitchen. We loved our new cooker so much that we have bought a second one to go with it! This now makes cooking our famous roast dinners even easier in these special digitally controlled combi ovens where heat and humidity etc. are all programmable. We regularly cater for up to 86 people at a time. 

The biggest project of all has been the renewal of our heating system as part of a decarbonisation project. Our old oil boiler has been replaced by a new wood pellet boiler that we source local wood pellet for. It is digitally controlled on an app so can easily having heating times adjusted remotely if needed.

In terms of course programmes we have been busy with schools again this year and giving them a great outdoor learning course whatever the weather. This week we had two wheelchair users and were able to do a big Swing on our High Ropes Course and Zip Wire with them as part of their activities.

Since our last blog post we have once again been awarded the high level 'Gold Standard' accreditation along with the widely recognised LOTC Quality Badge.

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