Please don’t trash the yurt

Some of the damage caused to the yurt
Some of the damage caused to the yurt

YOUTHS in the Kinghorn area are being asked to use a community yurt without trashing it or their behaviour will lose it for everyone.

The last request came this week from staff and volunteers at the Earthship Visitor Centre after they received a surprise on Saturday morning.

Arriving for work that day they were met with a scene of ‘alcohol induced chaos’ in their community yurt.

Hundreds of leaflets were strewn all over the floor and the exhibition boards, which featured laminated photographic displays for the public, were also on the ground.

Chairs were broken, alcohol had been spilt all over the place and wooden stands and a beautiful swan bench were broken beyond repair.

Centre manager, Paula Cowie, said she is not angry about the scene she discovered on Saturday morning, but instead she’s frustrated she can’t get the message through to the local youths that they are welcome to use the community yurt, but without trashing it.

Friday night’s damage is not the first instance of vandalism and damage caused to the yurt, which is open for use by members of the public at all times.

There have previously been instances of damage, but these have been minor and included the likes of someone trying to set fire to the leaflets that are within the yurt.

The centre, which is at the Craigencalt site overlooksing Kinghorn Loch, is run by the charity, Sustainable Communities Initiatives, and like all charities , it struggles to make ends meet, and highly values the input of its volunteers.

The Mongolian yurt was built by the community for the community and Paula explained that if people use and trash it the Earthship team will have to take it down, simply because they can’t afford to keep repairing it.

But with the summer holidays and the lighter nights upon us - a time when there have been problems in the past on the Craigencalt site - the team at the Earthship Visitor Centre hope the young people in the local area will take heed of their warning.

Anyone is welcome to visit the yurt and use it, as it is a community asset, but the team ask that people do so with care and respect and leave it in the state in which they found it.

Paula added: “One of the youths came back to the scene on Saturday morning to look for his mobile phone and was helpful in talking about how local youths might be made to believe that they are welcome to use the yurt.

“This is a last request though - use it without trashing it please, or you will lose it.”