Peel Forest Eco Lodge Renovation
After 15 years of providing accommodation to schools, community groups and the public, the lodge is in need of a upgrade.Canterbury
In 2000, the Peel Forest Outdoors Pursuits Trust bought the 22 hectares of land at the EcoLodge site and set up a QEII Covenant to protect the significant native bush and the on-going regeneration of this. The EcoLodge building was donated in 2003, originally for the Conservation Corps programme that was running onsite.
Since then the Trust and staff at Peel Forest Outdoors Pursuit Centre have continued to develop the Eco-based accommodation that can be used alongside the outdoor centre programmes which, in increasingly digital world spent inside, are creating unique experiences to challenge people to get out & be enriched by the great outdoors that is uniquely New Zealand. We are proud our programmes have inspired many participants from community groups & schools and we are humbled by the positive feedback we receive.
We believe that we can reduce the impact that we have on our planet by making responsible choices in our lifestyle. We promote a variety of ecologically friendly accommodation options, which aim to use a variety of benign technologies to lessen the effect that we have on Earth. These technologies include using recycled and locally sourced buildings and materials, using sycamore (a local pest plant) to provide air and water heating via a wetback in the Eco Lodge, using composting toilets in our Eco-cabins, processing our grey water through a reed bed, and harnessing the suns solar power to generate electricity and hot water. The EcoLodge is a working example of alternative building and waste technologies. “A unique experience in Australasia”
After 15 years of providing accommodation to schools, community groups and the public, the lodge is in need of a upgrade.
The focus area of the Lodge renovation are :
Phase 1 : We are happy to advise this is work in progress:
Water system upgrade
Funded via Give a little and private donors
Phase 2 : Completing interior fit out
New thermal black out curtains for all bedrooms $4,518
30 new mattresses $6943
Building materials for new bunk beds in all bedrooms $4500
Total Cost = $15,961
Phase 3 : Alternative Energy Source
New solar power system upgrade $34,500
Phase 4 : Weed control & regeneration program on QEII block
Removal of weeds like Sycamore, Himalayan Honeysuckle & blackberry
Regeneration program of NZ native on QEII land
Pest Control - purchase, placement & on-going management of kill traps to manage control pests
We are truly grateful for any donation toward the upgrades & will be updating the page along with our social media on the work as it happens. For volunteering towards the labour on the upgrades please contact us via our website for details.
Thank you again
Peel Forest Outdoor Centre (PFOC) is a Registered Charitable Trust (CC23343) that runs outdoor skills training, outdoor recreation and education programmes and provides education for sustainability.
Use of funds
Renovation of the water system, kitchen & alternative energy source. Any additional funding will be use to upgrade the bunks & mattresses & deck area
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We have now started the kitchen renovations at the Eco Lodge with the old kitchen been removed.
The new layout and kitchen is due to be fitted by the end of July and will include a gas oven & hob and a low energy large fridge.
The water pipes have been laid through the native QEII block from the new water tank site to the Lodge and cabins. We are waiting on delivery of the new water tanks before connecting the new system up.
New timber to replace the decking has been purchased & delivered and we are hoping that the settled weather will continue for our volunteers to build the new deck this month.
We are so grateful for all the generous donations that have been received!
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This page was created on 21 Jan 2019 and closes on 21 Oct 2019.