Hub of the community
The Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve's events and activities are some of the most loved in our local community. From the yearly musical event "Festival in the Forest" to the term-time educational activity for children "Muddy Boots". All are firm favourites in the local diaries.
Our hut is end of life
We want to hold more events and activities but we risk being unable to carry on and grow because our hut is end of life. We inherited a 30ft square temporary classroom which was installed in the 1970’s and has served us well for 40 years, but it's time to build a better building.
Raise the hut
A new sustainable, low energy building using timber, which can be partly constructed by volunteers and timber building enthusiasts will be built. Using grants, funds and crowdfunding by the many locals who love and support the Nature Reserve.
The activity of building the centre will itself bring the community together as a barn raising.
The building will be used to support and expand on all the Nature Reserve's environmental, education, community and musical activities and events.
You can join us
Thanks to a successful grant application we already have the plans produced by a professional architect. We now need to lay the first foundation stone (or stick!) on the site. This requires far more detailed work to get us through planning. With planning permission, funding to build will be easier. We need £25,000 to take us beyond making a planning application.
What you get from supporting us
By supporting us in our fund raising you get an amazing community space. It can be used for everything from yoga to bird watching. Without you there is no hut, there is no community.