26 March 2021
Stramash Nursery bounces back after fire

Children at Stramash outdoor nursery in Fort William are delighted with their heated 'yurkie' but it has been a difficult journey for staff and parents after the original structure was destroyed by fire.

Back in 2018 the Pebble Trust provided funding to bring heat and light to their wooden castle/yurt with a combination of wood stove, solar and wind power. Sadly just before completion a fire at the nursery destroyed the structure along with much of the infrastructure.  Staff, volunteers and the wider community all came together to bounce back from this devastating incident. A new yurkie/porch structure was built, heated by a wood burning stove.  Fortunately the solar panels and wind turbine survived the fire and are now installed at the nursery.

Parents, staff and children are delighted with the new shelter and love the design, layout and functionality of the space. The solar panels and wind turbine provide an effective means of teaching children about renewables.

Stramash are continuously involved in making the centre more sustainable. This winter they planted around 150 fruit trees, 60 soft fruit bushes and transplanted about 700 trees. They have also managed to purchase a commercial sized polytunnel which will all help to dramatically increase the biodiversity within their space.

Our congratulations to Cameron Sprague and the team at Fort William for what they have achieved in very difficult circumstances. Find out more on the Stramash website.


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