Builder donates £1,000 to help maintain Girl Guide campsite at Silverdale near Carnforth

Developer David Wilson Homes North West has donated £1,000 to the Silver Sapling Campsite in Silverdale near Carnforth as part of its Our Space Your Place programme.

By Michelle Blade
Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 7:01 am
David Wilson Homes have donated money to The Girl Guides in Preston to buy tools for them to clear shrubs at their campsite in Silverdale, Lancashire.
Pictured volunteer Barbara Lawson using the loppers bought with the donation.
David Wilson Homes have donated money to The Girl Guides in Preston to buy tools for them to clear shrubs at their campsite in Silverdale, Lancashire. Pictured volunteer Barbara Lawson using the loppers bought with the donation.

The campsite is run entirely by volunteers. Enclosed by woodland, the campsite aims to provide a fun experience for Girlguiding members, family camps, schools, and other non-Guide associations.

Elaine Clare, Chair of the Silver Sapling Campsite’s management committee, said: “The campsite is a valuable resource in our local community and is open to many charitable groups for hire. Our aim is to offer camping and environmental opportunities in a safe enclosed area for children and young people.

“The donation will go towards equipment that will allow us to manage the site efficiently and enhance the local environment. We’re currently travelling back and forth to site each month cut back brambles, weeds, and saplings by hand with pruners and a rake.

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DWH have donated money to The Girl Guides in Preston to buy tools for them to clear shrubs at their campsite in Silverdale, Lancashire. Pictured volunteers from left: Conner, Andrew and Elaine Clare, Sue and Neil Jepson and Barbara Lawson. Picture by Mark Waugh.

“Proper equipment will make this easier and take less time, meaning we can focus our attention elsewhere, and we are hoping that proper maintenance will enhance the site, attracting more local wildlife, and as a whole be a more pleasant environment for the local community to visit.”

The campsite is located a short distance away from Eaves Wood Nature Reserve and supplies multiple activities on site, such as archery, go carts, grass sledges, and a large marquee for events and fundraising. Unfortunately, all of the campsite’s fundraising events were forced to be cancelled due to Coronavirus.

The Our Space Your Place programme is an exciting initiative that offers organisations, community groups, and charities across the North West region the opportunity to benefit from support in the form of funding or time to improve their community.

The only condition is that the contribution should be used for something which will genuinely enhance or improve services, facilities or the environment within their local area.

David Wilson Homes have donated money to The Girl Guides in Preston to buy tools for them to clear shrubs at their campsite in Silverdale, Lancashire. Pictured volunteer Elaine Clare using the strimmer bought with the donation

Philippa Stewart, Head of Sales at David Wilson Homes North West, said: “As one of the UK’s leading developers, it is really important that we support charities and local organisations in our surrounding area.

“The Silver Sapling Campsite is a great example of a small organisation going the extra mile for their community. We have had a longstanding partnership with the RSPB, and it we are pleased to support the site in their efforts to support local wildlife and create a pleasant outdoor space.”

Elaine continued: “It’s really important to us that people support local causes, as we are the grass roots of the community. We give hands on support and adventure to children and young people through our camping and woodcraft experiences.

“When larger organisations such as David Wilson Homes can support smaller causes, it helps us feel appreciated and recognised, and confirms that we’re making a difference.

David Wilson Homes have donated money to The Girl Guides in Preston to buy tools for them to clear shrubs at their campsite in Silverdale, Lancashire. Pictured volunteer Neil Jepson using the chainsaw bought with the donation.

“We’re very grateful for this generous donation. It will make a huge difference to our work and assist our volunteers enormously.”

To find out more about the Silver Sapling Campsite visit their website at www.silversapling.org.uk

To find out more about David Wilson Homes’ Our Space Your Place scheme and to apply please visit www.ourspaceyourplace.co.uk

David Wilson Homes have donated money to The Girl Guides in Preston to buy tools for them to clear shrubs at their campsite in Silverdale, Lancashire. Pictured volunteer Conner Clare, 17, helping move cut down trees.