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Mayor unveils new youth green’ centre

PUBLISHED: 16:11 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010

A GREEN centre set help youngsters think about the environment opened over the bank holiday weekend. The £500,000 Bromley Environmental

A 'GREEN' centre set help youngsters think about the environment opened over the bank holiday weekend.

The £500,000 Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE) was officially opened last Thursday opened by the Mayor of Bromley, Pauline Tunnicliffe.

The flagship building in High Elms Country Park in Farnborough was built using innovative techniques such as the use of straw bales in the walls, energy saving technology and a 'green' roof that provides insulation and a habitat for wildlife.

Pupils from nursery age to A-Level will benefit from term-time courses at the centre and people of all ages can take advantage of talks and activities over school holidays and weekends.

Classrooms at the centre are named after Sir John Lubbock (First Lord Avebury), who lived in High Elms, and scientist Charles Darwin.

Descendant of Sir John Lyulph Lubbock, who was at the opening ceremony, said: "Our ancestors spent most of their lives here at High Elms, where they successfully practiced landscaping and farming. It is due to their foresight that High Elms is as beautiful as it is today.

"They would be proud to know that the current landowner is continuing this by providing educational opportunities at BEECHE, which will encourage people to conserve the environment for the benefit of future generations."

More information at www.bromley.gov.uk/beeche.

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