A new partnership between Bristol Airport and the Environment and Community Charity Groundwork will bring a host of benefits to the environment and the local community in the coming months and years.
With a key focus on working together to make the Goblin Combe estate, owned and managed by Groundwork South, a Centre for Sustainable Excellence, the partnership will see environmental and educational benefits, biodiversity and woodland management, conservation volunteering opportunities and enhanced employment & skills development opportunities for local people.
One of the partnership’s first actions will be to commission a refresh of the Goblin Combe Woodland Management Plan. The 130 acres of woodland in the Goblin Combe valley, located just south of Bristol, in north Somerset is both a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Goblin Combe Environment Centre, comprising a 38-bed eco-lodge, Grade II listed cottage, a yurt, and its timber outdoor classroom will see new renewable energy technologies, and provide opportunities for a wider audience of users and beneficiaries to access nature, adventure and receive first class environmental education and behaviour change support which can be applied when visitors return home.
Following a period of closure during COVID-19 pandemic, and some essential maintenance, groundwork reopened the centre earlier this year and are thrilled to be welcoming back schools and other visitors.
Executive Director of Groundwork London and South, Lindy Kelly, said: “Alongside this important woodland management work, in 2023 we will be creating more opportunities for schools and other local groups to discover Goblin Combe, and to connect with and learn important things from this special place. The partnership with Bristol Airport will be instrumental in helping us to achieve this.”
Groundwork also specialise in delivering employment, skills and training initiatives, and will be working alongside Bristol Airport to offer a range of employment and training opportunities within the surrounding communities.”
Simon Earles, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director, Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Groundwork to assist in providing educational learning, volunteering opportunities, training and skills initiatives at Goblin Combe. It is our aim to inspire the next generation of young people to take an interest in conservation and the woodland which will help them develop skills and learning for the future. The collaboration will benefit both local people and colleagues at the Airport alike.”
Groundwork South website: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/hubs/south/
Goblin Combe website: www.goblincombe.org.uk