Building an eco-bothy

There was a party atmosphere as former Scottish rugby union player Gavin Hastings OBE officially opened the Eco-Bothy in South-East Edinburgh, which was designed and built by the local community. 

Wooden Spoon Edinburgh contributed a £30,000 grant towards the eco-friendly outdoor education and play facility, where youth work partners will support young people facing disadvantage. 

Volunteer, Will Golding, said: “Over 80 volunteers learned traditional, sustainable skills to build our Eco-Bothy at Bridgend Farmhouse. “It is a place to learn about eco-friendly buildings and how to live sustainably, a place for children to safely explore and develop, and for children and families to meet. We are extremely grateful to Wooden Spoon. This will have a long-lasting impact for our community” 

One of the parents said: “The playspace is very imaginative, watching kids play at the launch event was magic, so many different and sensory aspects, very different from traditional playgrounds. “The Bothy is so beautiful, I wanted to stroke the walls. It has a very calm and comforting feel to it which will offer a place for people to feel part of something that has history and a future.”