Towford Outdoor Centre

by myadventure in Edinburgh

We did it
On 20th October 2014 we successfully raised £7,625 with 94 supporters in 42 days

To renovate and revive Towford Centre - creating an affordable outdoor resource for children, families, communities and businesses to stay.

by myadventure in Edinburgh

 New stretch target

If we raise an extra £4,000 we will carry out the additional work below:

  • Build a small playground - a slide and some climbing frames

  • Improve the kitchen with a commercial fridge and freezer

  • Create a wheel chair accessible path in the grounds - as long as the funding will allow!

We believe in beautiful idyllic peaceful and natural wilderness spaces being accessible to everyone – Towford is just that.

For many years now registered Scottish youth work Charity Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) and its Social Enterprise MY Adventure have been looking to secure a building, a bothy, a place that people can get away to and relax in – that is basic, comfortable and affordable. A place where young children can play safely but adventurously, in the outdoors, exploring Scotland’s natural heritage with their families and friends. A place where teenagers can get away from pressures and learn new skills. A place where groups of adults can build friendships but enjoy space to themselves. Towford Outdoor Centre, near Jedburgh, set in the beautiful remote yet accessible Scottish Borders, is the place we have been seeking.

Towford Outdoor Centre


Why are we crowdfunding?

The building has been empty and unused for 17 years. It urgently needs some heating and a rewire if it is to survive its first winter in our care. We also seek to make it more sustainable and more importantly more accessible to people with disabilities. Many of the old systems are now considered unsafe. The roof needs patching and the grounds have become hugely overgrown and inaccessible. We have a fantastic community of volunteers who can provide the labour (we are of course always looking for more, especially people with trade’s experience). However, funds are needed specifically to:

 • Put in a wood burning stove

 • Re-wire the building

 • Replace two windows

 • Up-grade the Shower/toilet block – making it accessible to people with disabilities

Crowdfunding is the best way to fund this project because we can offer amazing incentives (see below) including use of the building once it’s fully operational. We also need the funding urgently to complete the essentials for Towford to survive the Scottish winter.

Rewards - What you get for your pledges - Exclusive to TIC TOC Backers

 Pledge £5 or moreYour name (or a dedication) on the ‘wall of supporters’ in the Centre and on the website. You get this for all the other pledges

 Pledge £10 or more – A unique ‘TIC TOC ! Time for MY Adventure’ snap band

Pledge £20 or more - a Commemorative 'Key to Towford'

 Pledge £25 or more - A designer TIC TOC T –shirt

 Pledge £50 or more - A Tandem cycle hire for a day for two people (and 2 ‘TIC TOC Time for MY Adventure’ snap bands) – making this a fantastic unique Christmas or Birthday Gift !

Pledge £75 or more - A Limited Edition Print of an original painting of the Centre in its grounds (framed and posted) with a certificate of appreciation for your support

Pledge £100 or more – A 2 hour Archery Session for 12 people – a fantastic Christmas Gift, birthday party or work celebration – competitive, fun, enjoyable for all ages and abilities!

Pledge £120 or more - for a Family Weekend self-catering at Towford - enjoying the beautiful Scottish Borders!

 Pledge £250 or more – A half day Family or Group Day out (Mountain Biking, Coasteering, Canoeing, Canyoning for 6 people) – as adrenaline rushing or relaxed as you wish!

 Pledge £500 or more – A self-Catering weekend at Towford with an activity for up to 30 people! Tonnes of hills, a warm fire, isolated setting with the freedom to explore!

Pledge £600 or more - Your Company or Dedication details engraved onto a traditional wooden Bench

Pledge £1000 or more - A Dynamic Team Building Day (Wet/Dry/high-low impact) Activity of your choice and a plaque with your company details inscribed upon it - acknowledging your support

 Pledge £3,000 or more – A room in the house, an idyllic water feature or feature in the grounds  and no one else for ever! (set in Towford’s beautiful 17 acre gardens)

 More information

 Towford Outdoor Centre lies in the upper Kale Valley, on the northern slopes of the Cheviot Hills and has been lent to MYDG absolutely free, initially for 10 years but for the longer term if we can sustain it and assure our landlord that people are using it. Formerly an Outdoor Education centre until 1996 when it was closed. Before that, it was a school from 1876 to 1964. The school log reads: on June 30th 1964 ‘Today is the last day of Towford School. We have closed today and will not be returning’. Lets return to this building a playful spirit and keenness to learn about the natural world, each other and ourselves!

Back view of the centre

You couldn’t find a better location for a Centre as Towford. Feeling remote but a mere 15 minutes from Jedburgh, the area contains an abundance of features of educational interest, quite apart from its out-standing potential for hill-walking and the beautiful conservation grade grounds. The area is typical of the Scottish Cheviot country, with its rolling hills and wide valleys, clear streams, shelterbelts and rich grazings. The widely scattered hamlets and hill-farms are linked by narrow, winding roads, little used but essential to settlement in the area. Roman remains, along with standing stones, hill forts, cultivation terraces and the like all add to the educational potential of the area. This area and this building with your help can make an outstanding contribution to the lives of many children, groups, adults and communities.

Your pledge will benefit many people from all different walks of life. The organisations who have already stated that they will use this fantastic facility is huge and includes groups who organise or fund:

 • Family Respite breaks

 • Parenting – family strengthening groups

 • Alternatives to Crime Projects

 • Self-Directed Support – personal breaks or activities

 • Affordable Family Holidays

 • Youth work residentials

 • Schools and college field trips

 • Duke of Edinburgh groups

 • Employability groups and ready-for-work programmes

 • Conservation Charities

 • Courses, Therapies and retreats

 Essential Repairs needed

We are a ‘hands-on’ ‘can-do’ social enterprise that look for creative and sustainable ways of changing young people’s lives – we do this on a daily basis.

We can organise huge teams of volunteers (we have successfully done so on many projects). This keeps costs down to a minimum (materials & technical advice only). Due to this tremendous social capital your pledge will go far beyond how you imagined – making a huge difference to the long term prospect of this wonderful building becoming the source of so many positive memories and life-changing experiences.

You have the opportunity to help create something that will benefiting thousands of people every year – year on year.


 Fantastic 17 acres of grounds with natural woodland


Please pledge generously and remember – we’re not asking for something for nothing – you, your friends and family will love the rewards for your pledges that are exclusive to TIC TOC backers.

 Your generosity will help to benefit thousands in the years to come.

 Thank you




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Your name (or a dedication) on the ‘wall of supporters’ in the Centre and on our website

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A unique ‘TIC TOC ! Time for MY Adventure’ snap band (great for cycling!)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

An Commemorative Engraved 'Key to Towford '

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A Limited Edition designer TIC TOC T –shirt

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A Cycle Tandem hire for a day (for two people!) + 2 TIC TOC snap bands [a great Christmas or Birthday Gift!]

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A Limited Edition Print of an Original Painting of the Centre in its Grounds (framed and posted) with a certificate of appreciation for your support

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A 2 hour archery session for up to 12 people within the Edinburgh area (further a field can be negotiated)

£120 or more

£120 Reward

A Family Weekend Self-Catering at the Centre [enjoying the beautiful Scottish Borders]

£250 or more

£250 Reward

A Family or Group Activity (choose from Canyoning, Coasteering, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Hill walking or Abseiling)

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A self-catering weekend at Towford (with an activity of your choice) for up to 30 people! Thats only £17 per head!

£600 or more

£600 Reward

Your company's or dedication details engraved on a traditional wooden Bench!

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

A Dynamic Team Building Day (Wet, Dry, High or low impact - an activity of your choice) for your Business + your company's details inscribed on a plaque mounted on the wall at the centre and public acknowledgement in any Press Releases.

£3,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£3,000 Reward

A room in the house, a water feature or activity feature in the 17 acre grounds - named after you and only you!

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