Eco Classroom at the Green Britain Centre

The Hideout House Company in partnership with the renewable energy supplier Ecotricity have created an outdoor classroom to promote environmental learning

The Hideout House Company Ltd have recently installed a new eco classroom building at the Green Britain Centre in Norfolk.

The eco classroom is an attractive, cedar clad, fully enclosed 5m octagonal building with an atrium roof (to allow in lots of natural sunlight) and which can easily cater for a class or group of up to 30 children. As well as providing for an outdoor classroom facility, the building itself is intended to be used as an educational resource – to enable visiting groups to enhance educational activities by providing a new resource, raising awareness of renewable sources of energy and sustainable food production in addition to providing for hands-on learning for schools, colleges, holiday clubs and individuals. The eco classroom will also assist the existing use of the Centre as an educational facility for nearby schools and colleges.

The Green Britain Centre is based in Swaffham, Norfolk and is a popular, learning-outside-of-the-classroom, destination for schools and colleges to learn about renewable forms of energy, new forms of transport and sustainable food through their various displays on site – backed up with a comprehensive programme of educational activities. Most notably the wind turbine (windmill) which is the only one open to the public in the world. Visitors have to climb the 300 steps to the viewing platform at the top to experience a modern windmill from the very heart of the machine. There is also a giant solar tracker on site which follows the sun across the sky.

There are plans afoot to add on additional components to the eco classroom to further enhance the eco experience and learning programme – such as special dynamo bikes which visiting groups have to pedal in order to create power for items such as smoothie makers, flashing light panels, bubble making machines, music systems etc.

The Hideout House Company specialise in providing outdoor classrooms for schools as well as offering a comprehensive and diverse range of products which promote eco learning within an educational environment.

For more information, please contact Simon Fearnehough on 01865 858982/07711 542589 orEco-house

e-mail: simon@hideouthouse.com

Web address: www.hideouthouse.com