Working to support the environment, our wildlife & the community through EDUCATION, CONSERVATION & BIRD WELFARE
The building our new Owl Conservation Centre will create huge benefits for the environment & for wildlife. Through our on-site facilities, communities of all age groups will benefit through an interactive Educational Centre where people can learn more about Owls, their habitats & their ability to survive in a forever changing countryside. For Gloucestershire & the surrounding counties, our new Centre will become an important asset for everyone especially young children.
The building of our new Centre isn't going to be easy especially in todays financial climate (2013). If we keep our feet on the ground we will acheive what we have set out to do. Support offered from the wider community is important to us, so if you can offer any help, materials or extra funding through a donation, this would be greatly appreciated.
This video below provides a 3D the dream plan of what we would like the Barn Owl Centre to look like, for this to happen we would need the security from the council & the neccessary support from donors & grant funding.
Here is some history
The Barn Owl Centre is now settled & established within its new home at Netheridge Farm, located on the outer ring road (A430) close to Hempsted Village, Gloucester. For those who are new to our organisation, we moved to Netheridge Farm from a previous location in Brockworth on the 8th March 2008.
The 12.5 acre farm we have moved into was leased to our charity by Gloucester City Council; we have been given a supportive long-term lease for a period of 99 years with a peppercorn rent period for the first 25 years, over time we have asked if the farm could be sold to us to which the answer was no, this was to be under a lease basis only.
The farm was in need of a lot of TLC when it was handed to us in its derelict state. Before we moved from our previous location at Brockworth to Netheridge, we took the route of re-building within a temporary area, this was from scratch with very little funding to hand, this made the task very difficult & harder than we expected! Over time we achieved what we set out to do.