A 40-year legacy to protect

A CAMPAIGN to safeguard the future of an outdoor learning facility enjoyed by generations of Fife children is gaining momentum.

A website has been launched (www.saveardroy.com) along with a campaign on Facebook in protest at Fife Council’s plans to consider shutting the Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre in Argyll.

The local authority is looking at the possibility of shutting the facility as part of its budget review exercise.

But the Council has stressed that no decisions will be taken on any savings proposals until the full Council budget meeting on February 10.

The move to potentially close the centre - which has been operating for more than 40 years - has angered many former pupils and teachers who have used the centre.

Appalled

One former staff member from Ardroy, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I am appalled by the decision made by Fife Council before Christmas to consider closing us.

“The Council has to save a significant sum over the next few years and one of the ways they are going to do this is by closing us down.

“This is despite us working with over 2000 children from Fife a year, outdoor learning being at the heart of the Curriculum for Excellence, and us having every week in the next two academic years booked by Fife schools.

“The 40 year legacy we have is not inconsiderable.”

The Facebook campaign - ‘Save Ardroy Outdoor Centre from closure’ - which now has over 650 members - includes comments from teachers and former pupils.

John Lees said: “I have been several times as a teacher and the experience the staff and kids got was absolutely brilliant. It should be a compulsory part of the curriculum.”

Had a ball

Angela Primrose added: “I went in P7 about 35 years ago and both my kids went in primary school and had a ball. Please don’t close it, my nephew is going in February and can’t wait.”

Grant Ward, head of leisure and cultural services, said: “The future of Ardroy is currently under review as part of the Council’s budget exercise but no decisions will be made until the budget meeting on February 10.”