Project Category: Registered charity
We have had a tree-top house here at Kibblestone since the 1950s. It’s one of the few activities on site that is free to all users and brings a great deal of enjoyment to our younger visitors. The current structure is rotten and we thought it would be a great opportunity to replace it with something that could not only be fun to use, but that could challenge and teach our youngest visitors new skills. Climbing activities help build self-confidence as they challenge in a controlled and safe environment. Team working, problem solving and risk management are all key skills that can be gained from climbing and abseiling, and younger children can also increase strength and fine motor skills such as dexterity and grip.
We have a good relationship with the village primary school, who use our site for their forest school, and we are working with them to design the structure. We would like to include a climbing and abseil wall that is suitable for younger children, and other fun elements – and so who better to decide what is fun than the children who will use it? The structure will then be available for use by all our school partners. We feel it is important to make the site available to as many young people as possible, and work with schools, Prince’s Trust and NCS as well as Scouting and Guiding groups.
Whilst young people are our focus, it is also important that our volunteers have positive experiences too. Volunteering gives people of different ages and social backgrounds the opportunity to interact and learn and share skills. The chance to spend time in nature is also good for health, lowers blood pressure, relaxes us and makes us happier. The remainder of the funds for the tree-house project will be raised by our volunteers, undertaking various challenges and events.