A Rocha UK are helping to put conservation on the programme for the Oxfordshire-based agency. Adventure Plus is described by their patron and survival guru Bear Grylls as ‘one of the most exciting charities around for inspiring young people to get out there, grab life and live boldly’.
Since 1990, they have operated as a ‘mobile provider’ of outdoor activities with more than 50,000 young people and adults – including some of the most vulnerable in society. But the interdenominational charity recently found a home at Windmill Farm – and called on A Rocha UK to help them develop the 50-acre site.
Their new headquarters also includes a conference centre and residential cottages. ‘It’s essentially a blank canvas of agricultural land, but with a small copse and stream,’ said A Rocha UK’s Partners in Action Manager Hannah Pearson (pictured at Windmill Farm with A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester).
‘It’s here they’re beginning to develop extensive conservation areas and their first outdoor education centre, which we’re calling the “Adventure Base”. It’s a very exciting time as they begin this partnership.’
The joint project includes the appointment of an intern to help design the site. The successful candidate will write a management plan and work with local volunteers to ensure the site is well managed to encourage and inspire young people.
‘The “Adventure Base” will become a special place for thousands,’ said Hannah. ‘This is a unique opportunity to help create a beautiful, sustainable site – balancing exciting adventure activities with the creation and conservation of native habitats.’
The internship starts in May. While the post is voluntary, accommodation is provided and support is offered to help raise funds. There is assistance to buy specialist gear for the job. For more details, click here.