Outdoor Learning Transport Fund

Colourful wellies walk imageThe Forest of Bowland offers a wonderful resource for learning. 

There are opportunities to study science, geography and history by investigating wildlife, habitats, food production and heritage; or students can gain inspiration from the landscape to study maths, English, art and other subjects.

In addition to existing countyside sites and venues, the AONB is also home to a number of profiled farms which offer educational access to schools and groups, thus enabling people to learn about the outdoors in a farm setting within the Forest of Bowland's fantastic surroundings. These farms offer toilet and handwashing facilities, alongside indoor classrooms or shelters. Visits can incorporate curriculum based projects and lessons, or simply give groups the chance to be outdoors and find out more about what goes on at a farm.

In order to help groups take advantage of Bowland's fantastic learning resources, we offer an Outdoor Learning Transport Fund, run by Champion Bowland on behalf of the AONB.  The Fund is open to groups on the following basis:

  • The Fund will offer a bursary of 50% of transport costs, up to a maximum of £100 per visit
  • The Fund will be distributed on a "first come, first served" basis
  • Groups must complete a short, post-visit feedback form, provide up to two digital photographs and provide a copy of the paid coach/minibus invoice in order to claim the bursary
  • Champion Bowland will pay the bursary direct to the group's nominated bank account
  • There will be a maximum of two claims per group in any 12 month period unless funds allow more
  • All planning, permissions, risk assessments and health & safety related to the visits, along with hiring of transport, will be the responsibility of the group

If you would like to apply for an Outdoor LearningTransport Fund bursary for your group, please complete the on-line registration form.