The Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, on behalf of Lydford Primary School, has a fantastic opportunity to purchase land adjoining their school’s playground.
This land offers the school the opportunity to build a cabin on an existing footprint for school and community use, and also means the school has the potential to expand its school forestry activities. With 5/7ths of an acre there is so much potential.
The DMAT has found funding for the project, but the budgets will not be enough to fully finance the purchase. Not wanting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pass the school by, parents and the community stepped in to raise the additional funds needed for the land.
Lydford Community Group runs the Land Appeal which aims to raise £6,000 this year, and villagers have stepped up to make that achievable. Locals donated money to the appeal, and the Dartmoor Inn and Castle Inn offered their support for the project. Local musicians and choirs performed and a Long Ridge resident in Lydford is working with Land Appeal to open his 30-acre garden to the public on July 24 to raise money for the cause.
The community has really embraced the idea and understands that this land will benefit young families and the whole village for generations, and create opportunities for the school and locals to work together. The land would allow the school to develop its outdoor education, and ideas are being explored for how the community could benefit as well, such as community orchards and a shared space building.
For more information visit www.lydfordfundraising.co.uk
If you would like to donate to the fundraiser, please visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lydfordschool-land-appeal