Christmas Raffle launched to boost funds for new classroom at Batsford

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Christmas Raffle launched to boost funds for new classroom at Batsford

Batsford Arboretum’s Leaves For Learning Project is set to receive a welcome boost thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

A Christmas Raffle has been launched with prizes totalling almost £5,000 and tickets are on sale now.

First Prize: A children’s shepherds hut (as seen outside The Applestore at Batsford)
Second Prize: A spa day for two at the new Dormy House Hotel and Spa
Third Prize: One night’s bed and breakfast for two at the Noel Arms Hotel
Fourth Prize: A mini pamper pass for two at the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
Fifth Prize: A family season ticket giving year round access to Batsford Arboretum.

PR and Marketing Manager, Susie Hunt, says ‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses who’ve contributed such wonderful prizes for our raffle. It’s entirely down to them that we’ve been able to organise the raffle and we’ll be making the most of our busy autumn period to sell as many tickets as possible’.

The Leaves For Learning Project was launched in August to raise nearly £40,000 to build a new schoolroom at Batsford. It allows people five levels of donation which earn them a leaf or acorn to be added to a huge tree mural in the visitor centre which will become a permanent feature of the new schoolroom when it’s built. For more about this project please visit http://www.batsarb.co.uk/news-events/article.asp?n=26

‘We already offer around 700 local primary schoolchildren the chance to learn more about how plants and trees grow and the importance of natural spaces and conservation with our Mr Rotavator Nature Days each summer term’, says Mrs Hunt. ‘But a new schoolroom will give us the opportunity to extend our education programmes and give us flexibility to hold adult courses and events too’.

The wooden style schoolroom will be available for other organisations and businesses to hire and will complement the beautiful visitor centre which opened at Batsford in 2011, housing the Garden and Gift Shops, Arboretum entrance and the Garden Terrace Café.

Tickets will be on sale from all tills at Batsford and cost £5 for a book of 5 tickets with all proceeds going to the Leaves For Learning Project. Donations to the appeal can also be made online at www.justgiving.com/leavesforlearning

Posted : 10/10/2013 18:26:16

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