Daws Hall Nature Reserve on the Essex-Suffolk border is celebrating the opening of a new woodland shelter for visitors with disabilities made possible with support of the CLA Charitable Trust.
Daws Hall is a 25-acre wildlife haven near Bures that is dedicated to environmental education. It has an on-site classroom and regularly attracts and inspires school groups of all ages and abilities and adults with physical and mental disabilities.
The new shelter is an important part of the outdoor education work at Daws Hall. It will improve the woodland area and make the fire pit and bush craft zone more accessible whilst also making it possible to adapt bush craft activities for all abilities.
To date over 100,000 children have attended courses at Daws Hall which, on selected dates throughout the year, is also open to members of the public to explore the nature reserve, private gardens and wildfowl sanctuary.
Tim Came, Chairman of the Trustees at Daws Hall, said:
“What we have at Daws Hall is an education centre on the banks of the river Stour and children and adults absolutely love coming here. The new woodland shelter offers much better access for those with disabilities who wish to enjoy the woodland and provides cover for those rather rainy days that we tend to have in this country.”
The CLA is a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. The CLA Charitable Trust helps those with disabilities or are disadvantaged to benefit from education about the countryside, and to take part in countryside activities they would not have otherwise been able to access or enjoy.
Since its creation by CLA members in 1980, the Trust has given more than £2m in grants to a wide variety of organisations and projects.