Activities and eco accommodation at the heart of Greensand Country

Phone: 07935 911207                 Email: info@ClophillEcoLodges.co.uk

Set in a woodland copse, half a mile up a private track, you won’t believe you’re only an hour away from central London. Set up by the Clophill Heritage Trust to support the community and encourage healthy living, appreciation and a love of the great outdoors, Clophill Eco Lodges are the perfect venue for your countryside escape. With a wealth of heritage, fun activities and events on our doorstep we can provide innovative and fun learning for all. We can be as flexible as you need us to be and will draw on our extensive local knowledge and network to help you build your perfect package.

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We Are Recruiting for an Apprentice

This is a great opportunity to complete a Level 2 apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation and Recreation at our site featuring an Ancient Monument, Eco Lodges, conservation areas, wildlife and habitat research and countryside educational and leisure events.

As an Apprentice you may be responsible for the following projects (under supervision):

  • Creating a native plant educational garden
  • Planning, Planting, labelling and protecting saplings
  • Developing a wheelchair/pushchair accessible path
  • Planning and developing the surrounding conservation area

You must have 2 GCSE’s (or equivalent) A*-E or (9 – 2) in English and Maths.

To find out more you can:

Visit the vacancies page on Bedford College’s website http://www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Or contact Sharon on 01234 291805 or email sdaly@bedford.ac.uk

Closing date: 13 May 2018

Poetry Competition Now Open

In August this year the wall between Old St Mary’s Church & the cemetery is being renovated and we are offering one lucky student the chance to have their poem, on the subject Greensand Country, to have their work carved on the wall for future generations to see.  The winner & runners up will also be asked to read their entries at The Eco Lodge Cafe on 27th May as part of The Greensand Festival.

For full information including entry details please CLICK HERE

New Year Honours for Founder

 

Clophill Heritage Trust, the local voluntary community charity who run the Clophill Eco Lodges and St Mary’s Old Church in Clophill, Bedfordshire are delighted to announce that their founder, Ali Bradbury, has been selected to receive an award in her Majesty’s New Year’s honours list.

The Trust is delighted that its work has been recognised in this way.

The Clophill Eco Lodges have been open since October 2015 when they were launched with a Pumpkin Festival at the site which has now become an annual affair for all the family. The unique Eco Lodges accommodation provides the charity with the revenue to enable them to support the lodges and the Old Church, and employ 2 wardens as well as provide support for many young people wanting vocational work experience and education about heritage and the countryside.

Ali has raised £1.5 million over the past 10 years to allow the charity to consolidate the scheduled ancient monument and create a new use for it with it’s beautiful viewing tower and enchanting space and views. The Trust has installed both basic and leading edge eco technology at the Eco Lodges and created a unique accommodation and venue provision in a wonderful woodland setting. Many local families make use of this facility to host their wider friends and family, as well as those from further afield wanting a walking or outdoor family holiday in Greensand Country.

Ali’s contribution to the community over the last 10 years expanded to the wider region with her input as a board member on the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership. This group are developing the Greensand Country area as a well-known landscape destination to preserve its distinctive character, required country and heritage skills, and beauty in the region. The area runs from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay with Clophill sitting in the central area of the Greensand Country.

Ali will be presented with her British Empire Medal later this year and the Trust and the community are very pleased with this recognition of her work over the last ten years.

Will Fletcher, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England in the East of England said: “Ali Bradbury’s work with the Clophill Heritage Trust has been instrumental in saving one of Bedforshire’s finest scheduled monuments and this award is richly deserved!  Grade II* listed Old Clophill Church was removed from our Heritage at Risk Register in 2014 after a major repair project led by the Trust and we continue to offer our support to it over the coming years.”

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Upcoming events

Guided Walks – 27/05/2018 - 16/09/2018 at 12:00 - 14:00
Pilates Retreat by Equilibrium Fitness – 20/07/2018 - 22/07/2018 at 16:00
Trails & Tales – 08/09/2018 - 09/09/2018 at 16:00 - 17:45
Hamlet – 26/10/2018 - 27/10/2018 at 18:45 - 19:30
Reserve a Pumpkin – 27/10/2018 at 12:00 - 16:00
See our Events Calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

 

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The Greensand Ridge Rural Development Programme, part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU. The funding is managed locally by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC).