New learning centre topped out at Rosemoor

CHILDREN from West Buckland School helped celebrate the topping out of the RHS Peter Buckley Learning Centre at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington. The new centre, named in honour of the late RHS President, will enable the RHS to teach many more children fr

CHILDREN from West Buckland School helped celebrate the topping out of the RHS Peter Buckley Learning Centre at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington.

The new centre, named in honour of the late RHS President, will enable the RHS to teach many more children from across the region the delights of gardening.

The RHS education team currently teaches 4,500 primary school children a year.

The learning centre will provide facilities for more than 6,000 primary pupils to gain a greatly enriched experience of learning in the garden each year as well as secondary school children, adults and families.


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The funding for the �1m building, designed by Devon-based architects Gale and Snowdon, includes a �500,000 grant from Devon County Council from its Investing in Devon fund. The new centre will become a valuable local resource.

It is hoped that the centre will be ready to welcome its first pupils in September. Facilities will include two indoor classrooms and a gteaching garden for hands-on experience.

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Devon County Council Chairman, John Berry said: "I am delighted that the county council has been able to provide a major contribution for this exciting and highly relevant project.

"We want Devon to become Britain's Greenest County and we can best make this happen by ensuring our children and Devon's future citizens have a respect for their natural environment and know how to protect and enhance it.

"This new centre will also provide the opportunity for them to learn about growing their own food and helping to cut down on food miles and to experience the pleasure of gardening.

"The major injection of cash into the local Torrington economy will also benefit our construction workers and their suppliers in these credit crunch times so this is an excellent initiative on many fronts."

RHS President Giles Coode-Adams says "Peter was passionate for people to learn about the joys of gardening. He was very proud of the Clore Learning Centre at RHS Garden Wisley and wanted to ensure its success was replicated at the other RHS Gardens.

"It is wonderful that in the autumn when the centre opens so many people will benefit from the resources it will offer. The new centre is a fitting tribute to Peter's vision.

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