Tower Wood’s £3m upgrade

Impressive: an artist's impression of the new Tower Wood
Impressive: an artist's impression of the new Tower Wood

A centre that has played a part in the lives of thousands of young people is set to get even better for future generations after Lancashire County Council announced a major new £3m development.

Tower Wood outdoor education centre, on the banks of Windermere, is to become home to a new accommodation building – allowing thousands of visitors, including school parties and families with disabled children, to stay onsite during their visit.

The attractive design of the new building, stepped over several levels, has been tailored to meet the strict requirements of the picturesque site in the Lake District National Park.

Up to 60 visitors will be able to stay in 26 mainly twin-bedded rooms, some of which have been fully adapted for disabled children. And built-in flexibility means that rooms can be joined together to form small suites for families with disabled children to visit at weekends and during school holidays.

The project was signed off by County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of the county council. He said: “Giving young people the best possible start in life is one of our highest priorities and this is a superb example of how the county council aims to make a difference.

“Tower Wood is a place that has enriched the lives of young people for many years and this investment will help it make an even bigger and better contribution in future - you only have one chance at childhood.”

Funding for the development has come mainly from LCC’s children and young people’s capital fund allocation and the inclusion and disability support service budget.

Tower Wood is set in 12 acres of lawns and woodland.