"No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced"
Sir David Attenborough
Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre was set up as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company in 2007 by Ian and Claire Thorpe, to give young people and children opportunities to benefit from the outdoors.
The environment has always been at the heart of what we do, as without it, we would not be able to help people explore, enjoy and learn about the outdoors.
Before 2007, Peat Rigg Farm was managed as a high intensity farming enterprise, with no targeted benefits to wildlife or the environment. Since 2007, the farm management has changed to incorporate the best farming practices for wildlife, as well as re-establishing hedgerows and native woodland on site.
We have also moved to almost 95% renewable energy and continue to explore new ways we can benefit the environment, whilst also providing the best opportunities for young people to explore, discover and enjoy the outdoors.
We are committed to operating in the most sustainable way we can across the whole centre. We will employ new technology and ideas to do this as and when we can.
We will continue to develop our understanding of onsite farming practices to ensure they deliver the best environmental gains and benefits to wildlife.
We will continue to educate our team and our clients on best environmental practices and ways we can all make a difference.
We have over 12 acres of Wildflower Meadows which is great for bees, butterflies and other insects.
Beekeeping in the Orchard
Bees are in danger thanks to modern farming practices. That's why we like to keep them.
Sustainable Energy Production
We are already 95% renewable energy from Solar, Wood, Geothermal, and air source. We are working on the last 5%...
Trees are amazing for the environment, soaking up carbon from the atmosphere, reducing flooding and promoting healthy soils. They're also great for wildlife which is why we keep planting more of them!
Sensory Garden & Composting
We are developing a sensory garden on site as a place of exploration and a chance to engage all the senses. It also helps people to understand where their food comes from.
The Farm & Environmental Stewardship
We have sheep, pigs and chickens on farm and use environmentally farming practices on our land for healthier wildlife too.
We have plenty of birds, bees and insects to spot.
At the heart of everything we do is the desire to share the outdoors with others and help them to enjoy and explore the outdoors for themselves