Earl will unveil new Goblin lodge

A NEW sustainable £640,000 residential facility in Cleeve will get a royal seal of approval when it is officially opened by the Earl of Wessex this month. Goblin Combe Lodge is situated half a mile from the Goblin Combe Environment Centre on a site which

A NEW sustainable £640,000 residential facility in Cleeve will get a royal seal of approval when it is officially opened by the Earl of Wessex this month.Goblin Combe Lodge is situated half a mile from the Goblin Combe Environment Centre on a site which has been used as a campsite since the 1920s. It will be used to help people 'realise their potential' through activities in the natural environment and through courses including personal development, team building, bushcraft and countryside skills.The Earl will formally open the new building, which replaces an old 24-bed dormitory, on April 25. Built using sustainable principles, the lodge, which will provide year-round facilities for up to 38 people, has a woodchip-burning boiler supplying the central heating and hot water and a rainwater harvester provides water for flushing toilets. Centre manager, Kenton Keys, said: "This new building allows us to open up the facilities to a much wider range of people. The lodge has exceeded expectations and we are really pleased with how it has come together. I am looking forward to it buzzing with young people."Training manager, Wendy Watkins, added: "Groups that come here will now have the opportunity to access all our tutors and the courses we run, including our Bushcraft Academy which has attracted national media coverage."The funding for the lodge came from the National Lottery, the Bramble Trust, EDF Energy, the Four Acre Trust, North Somerset Council and Portishead Nautical Trust. A public open day will take place on April 26 from 2-7pm.


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