Since its foundation in 1980, the Trust has given £2m in grants to a wide variety of organisations and projects who benefit those who are disabled or disadvantaged, allowing them to visit and participate in learning experiences in the countryside.
The Chatsworth House Trust will use the grant to carry out essential refurbishment work on their Stickyard Learning Centre, turning this space into a functional base for outdoor and nature-related learning activities. They plan to fit indoor sinks, work surfaces for food preparation and hand drying facilities, as well as new lighting.
The funding received from the CLA Charitable Trust is greatly received and will aid us in making desperately needed upgrades to our Stickyard Learning Centre. We hope that these changes alongside our travel subsidy scheme will help broaden the beneficiaries that can attend the Stickyard Learning Centre, and will allow our community to grow, in turn giving valuable learning opportunities to those who visit us.
The learning programme at Chatsworth focuses on highlighting understanding of the landscape, habitat improvement and ecology, and the modifications will create more capacity, cater for physical and wellbeing needs and enable the delivery of a more varied public and family programme.
I am delighted that the CLA Charitable Trust has been able to support the impactful work of Chatsworth House Trust through the Stickyard Learning Centre. “This work gives young people the opportunity to experience and learn first-hand about nature and ecosystems. For many children this is a first, and the opportunity is made available to many young people for whom it would often be out of reach.
It is hoped that this project along with Chatsworth’s travel subsidy scheme for schools and community groups will broaden and diversify the current audience, ensuring that those most in need are reached.
Funded almost entirely by subscriptions and donations from CLA members which supports nearly 28,000 farmers, landowners and rural businesses.