Log cabin launched for eco lessons

Posted: 27/10/2016 | Education,

Staff and pupils are enjoying the use of a new log cabin in the grounds of the Royal Blind School.

Group of students and adults gather outside log cabin with giant chequeThe multi-use cabin was opened in September thanks to a generous donation of £24,471 from Spifox, a charitable organisation made up of property and construction professionals.

The timber cabin incorporates sensory design elements such as a bark wall, colour-changing LED lights, and is made of pungent pine wood.

The cabin is wheelchair friendly and large enough to allow small groups to use the space for overnight stays.

The Trustees from Spifox visited the school last month to present the school with a cheque and see the cabin in use.

Their donation covered the cost of the new cabin and the associated electrical costs of setting it up for use.

Spifox was established in 1983 by a group of property and construction professionals, and has raised over £3M for the purchase of equipment for children charities.

They raise money through an annual lunch, carol concert and golf day. It is not the first time the organisation has supported Royal Blind - in 1998 they helped the school purchase a new specially adapted mini-bus.

The cabin provides a flexible and sensory space, ideal for unleashing students’ creativity during art, music and drama classes incorporating activities such as bark rubbings, outdoor drumming and storytelling.

The cabin was recently used for a creative writing workshop with local award winning children’s writer, Danny Weston.

It will also be used to teach students about the environment, by staff and children attending Kidscene and by the school’s Scout troop.

Senior Fundraiser, Lucy Christopher, said: “We would like to thank Spifox for their generous donation towards the log cabin.

“It has already been put to good use and will be an amazing resource to further enrich the learning experience for students at the Royal Blind School.”