The vision of the Morelands Copse project is to have a totally 'off grid' site offering individuals, families and groups a 'get back to nature' feel, enjoying the delights of ancient woodland camping, whilst generating an income, which will support charity PPEDS - https://www.ppeds.co.uk/about-us
Although the site will run primarily as a campsite (offering camping pitches and shepherd huts to rent), we also want to provide educational courses and inclusive activities within the woods, such as wildlife weekends, medicinal foraging courses, archery and willow weaving. We plan to offer these courses to local children and families as well as community groups such as cubs and scouts as well as schools and colleges.
We plan to make the centre an inclusive space to learn about nature and the environment, helping local people to use outdoor space in a time when it is most needed, so that they can be present and reconnect with the outdoor world.
WHO WE HELP:
The site is also home to charity PPEDS and the money generated from the site will fund the charity, which was set up in 1994 to help support local children who suffer from diabetes. In the UK, around 400 people a day get diagnosed with diabetes (source: Diabetes UK). The long-term health impact of diabetes is significant, contributing to stroke, heart disease, blindness and many more acute conditions. The charity aims to help children and their families to understand and manage their disease and provides support for them at a difficult time. PPEDS educates sufferers in a unique, engaging and exciting way - using ponies and pets (pigs, chickens, peacocks, dogs and many more), some of which have conditions similar to diabetes themselves. The charity is open to anyone who is suffering from the disease or has trauma or lifestyle changes as a direct result of it.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO...
1. Raise the funds needed to finish building the eco friendly site, which can then recieve income to support the PPEDS charity. The team use only renewable fuel sources, biodegradable resources and eco-friendly products so that everything on site is nature and wildlife friendly. We aim to educate all members of the community on green issues by keeping our mission and ethos within the realms of sustainability. There is no electric lighting at Morelands Copse, we use solar energy and composting toilets. We also aim to recycle and reuse where we can.
2. Raise funds needed to help look after our existing charity animals, who help to educate children with the managment of their diabetes.
"I like learning about the horses, I also like feeding and patting the animals, and just talking to people who know what I am going through," Joe, aged 11.
"Diabetes scares me, but not much since I have been here," Michael, aged 7.
Thank you for reading about our project to help coninue supporting those suffering with Diabetes.