Inspired by Cameron - 2 minute introduction to Cameron’s Cottage
We are thrilled that the renovation work on Cameron's Cottage is now complete and is open for bookings. Inspired by Cameron, it will provide access to nature for young people from all walks of life. This joint non-profit venture with the RSPB in the heart of their Franchises Lodge nature reserve, is a place where they can learn, develop skills, make friends, build confidence and take part in wildlife activities, all within this beautiful 'secret' forest.
We live in an increasingly urbanised world and it’s crucial that young people have time to connect with the natural world and Cameron's Cottage will do just that. We know how important this is for their own well-being as well as for our wildlife.
Setting camera traps and hunting for bugs at night
Cameron’s Cottage is off-grid, relies on solar power and is wildlife friendly. All timber used comes from the RSPB reserve site and all power comes from the solar panels and groups can monitor their power usage throughout their stay.
Solar panels on the roof of the outdoor classroom will help power the Cottage
The water is heated by solar power and a heat source pump supports the Cottage by drawing heat from outside air and transferring to the underfloor heating system to warm the building. In combination with the substantial natural insulation used throughout, the Cottage remains cool in the summer and cosy and warm in the winter.
The Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen
Outside, the Cottage has incorporated Swift bricks, House Martin cups, bat boxes for Great Horseshoe bats as well as smaller cracks for Pipistrelle bats. There is an old well outside which supplies water for cleaning boots etc, whilst the inside water comes from mains supply.
Swift bricks and bat boxes provide homes for the local wildlife
Have a look inside. All appliances are lower energy rated and there are wood burners inside the kitchen and study centre to provide additional heat. They can also be used for cooking.
It will comfortably sleep 19; there are five bunk rooms to choose from. A range of activities can take place in the outdoor classroom which is also a beautiful place to eat. The RSPB have done a phenomenal job running this project. Their painstaking attention to detail will ensure that this low impact high-quality cottage will be used for many years to come.
Room with a view of nature - one of the five bunk rooms
The outdoor classroom has multiple uses
"We have had 4 groups stay at the cottage to date and it has been awe-inspiring to observe them. Our vision looks to inspire a lifelong love of nature and improve young people’s lives through immersive experiences. We look to set up young people with tools which include opportunities onsite. It is exciting to be part of the team developing and realising the dream of Cameron’s Cottage."
A huge thank you to everyone for being part of our journey and making Cameron's Cottage a reality. We are so grateful to the RSPB, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation for being such amazing partners.
We look forward to welcoming you in the spring to our grand opening event.
Corinne and Kevin and all the Trustees of the Cameron Bespolka Trust