Blencathra Centre

2013 has clearly been the busiest year since my tenure as Head of the Blencathra Centre due to two major changes, the completion of the Renewable Energy Project and the purchase of the site from the Lake District National Park Authority(LDNPA).  Kerry Powell Director LDNPA said “I’m sure with investment from the Field Studies Council Blencathra will go from strength to strength as a centre for educational excellence in the National Park.

Renewable Energy Project Update   

Work is nearly complete on our Renewable Energy Project.  This means that we will be reducing our use of kerosene and introducing woodchip to provide a more sustainable solution to the heating of the centre.  Our new woodchip boiler will be providing heating via an underground district heating system.  We will also soon be generating our own electricity using part of an early Hydro Electric Power system first devised by Dr William Goodchild at the Sanatorium.

As this newsletter goes to press the Field Studies Council will have completed the purchase of the Blencathra site.  For the last twenty years we have been Lake District National Park Authority tenants on the site.  This new relationship will enable us to invest more capital into the business and improve our contribution to the local economy.

Centre Open Day 2013

The weather held back and everyone had a pleasant afternoon pond dipping, orienteering, trying the low ropes course and several craft activities.  

Lots of young people from Threlkeld and further afield came.  The Blencathra staff made a great effort and everyone was well fed by the catering team to celebrate 70 years of the Field Studies Council and 20 years at Blencathra.