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Peel Forest Eco Lodge Renovation

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Given by 18 generous donors in around 9 months

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After 15 years of providing accommodation to schools, community groups and the public, the lodge is in need of a upgrade.

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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

Kitchen Refit

New deck

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

About us

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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Phase 1 renovation complete!  18 September 2019

Apart from some finishing touches to be completed, the deck, kitchen and water supply are ready for our first multiday course which started Monday. We are so grateful to all those that funded & volunteered time to make this stage of the renovation project happen! We couldn't have done it without your help :)

The Eco lodge is busy now with schools & community groups as spring arrives and we gear back up in to running outdoor courses. Pupils from local Timaru school are a five day outdoor adventure and left this morning for a overnight rafting trip down Wamiakariri - lucky them! Hopefully they bring back some photos of their awesome adventure to share

We do hope to have a open day soon and share our vision for the next renovation phases and our environmental education plan for the future.... keep watching for updates.

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    Jenny on 14 May 2019


    good luck with you campaign and keep up th good work


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