The woods, gardens and ruins of Lowther Castle will be used as an outdoor classroom thanks to a new partnership.
The castle near Penrith has announced that it is to take on an outdoor learning officer to deliver learning sessions using its outside facilities.
Lowther is working in partnership with The Ernest Cook Trust to employ the officer who will be responsible for launching a new programme of educational visits for schools and young people over the three-year programme.
Claire Logan-Stephens, head of marketing, events and groups at Lowther Castle, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Ernest Cook Trust as it will give us a unique opportunity to develop an innovative and fresh approach to outdoor learning here in Cumbria.
“We are also looking forward to working in close partnership with primary, secondary and tertiary educational establishments, to ensure we are fulfilling what they feel is missing in the local area.”
The Ernest Cook Trust was set up in 1952 to inspire young people to learn from the land.
Its chief executive Dr Victoria Edwards said: “We’re delighted to partner with Lowther Castle to continue to expand our educational impact. This is a natural fit for The Ernest Cook Trust as we collaborate more and build partnerships with like-minded organisations and estates.
“At Lowther we particularly hope to work with school leavers to facilitate land-based training and placement opportunities which will lead to their ongoing employment and career development.”
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