Two Fife-based organisations have been awarded a grant of £26,000 as part of the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund.           

The Ecology centre has partnered with the Kings Housing Association to create a mobile environmental outdoor classroom. The project will visit pupils across Fife, Edinburgh and Tayside.

The classroom aims to inspire pupils to learn about climate change and their local environment using hands-on play in an outdoor setting. The mobile trailer will include interactive displays, horticultural activities and solar powered cars.

Andrew McDaniel from Kingdom Housing Association said: “We are very excited to be working with The Ecology Centre to deliver this project which will make a real difference to more than 4,300 children and help them to understand more about climate change and how their actions can make a real difference”

McDaniel continued: “Kingdom Housing Association and The Ecology Centre have been working in partnership on various educational and employability projects over the last few years and share a passion for encouraging our young people to be the environmental ambassadors of the future.”

The partnership had applied for over £50,000 to help make their mobile outdoor classroom dream a reality. Eight projects made the shortlist in total and the winners were announced on January 31 at the Lottery’s annual Charity Gala, held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Lottery also announced that players have raised over £16.3million for charities across Great Britain.

Jo Bucci, Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery said: “Once again we have been overwhelmed by our winning projects. We are proud that, at a time when funding opportunities are becoming increasingly thin, we are, thanks to our growing number of players, able to offer another new opportunity for the sector.”