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Outdoor Learning in Wessex

The Wessex region is full of character with landscape of open downland, plain and scarp, wooded plateaus, high chalk plains, vales, river valleys, and lowland mosaic and a Jurassic Coast world heritage site. The unique geography and geology of the region is home to a wide array of providers including, commercial residential centres, adventure challenge courses, educational establishments delivering bespoke outdoor courses, voluntary organisations, clubs and individual practitioners who deliver a diverse range of high quality outdoor learning opportunities.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

Wessex Regional Events

Wessex Regional News

Covid-19: The huge impact on residential outdoor centres

Covid-19: The huge impact on residential outdoor centres

There are some sobering stats on how this has affected the economics of our industry.
- 2/3 of the sector expect to lose at least 80% of their income this year.
- 1/3 of centres have disposed of assests
- 2/3 of centres have mothballed facilities
- 81% have furloughed workers
- 50% have cut staff wages
- 70% have made up to 20% of their workforce redundant

Tim Farron, MP says, "Our outdoor education centres are needed now more than ever. They can play a big role in restoring children's love of learning and be really beneficial for both their physical and mental health. It's surely a no brainer for the Government to #SaveOutdoorEd".

BBC North West news featured an item about the plight of a Cumbrian centre. See the feature here.

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Go to the Wessex Facebook page for pictures, videos, reports and updates.


Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8RR

+44 (0)1228 564580



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