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YHA YHA Castleton Losehill Hall's Sustainability at Grass Roots
    03/02/2016 11:41

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall's Sustainability at Grass Roots

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall's Sustainability at Grass Roots

What you can do with an old barn and some imagination?

At YHA we're lucky to have passionate and imaginative managers, who continually try to deliver a unique guest experience and tell a story at the same time. YHA Castleton Losehill Hall has one such manager - Al - delivering amazing experiences for groups of young people all year round. He can now add to this a lovely camping barn he has created for guests to hire and enjoy.

Having very limited budget to complete the project and sourcing local materials that could be reused was important in creating the feel of the barn.The cooker was a prime example of an item that was being discarded, but with time spent repairing and painting it is now a real feature.

While to some this may seem a small scale project, this has been undertaken by Allister in his own time, along with the assistance of Ernie (probably the greatest Maintenance man in the Peaks). The barn has all the core ingredients of a sustainable project and hopefully, through extra stays, it will help YHA generate further income for Breaks for Kids - our charity that helps disadvantaged children to experience amazing places like YHA Castleton Losehill Hall.

Allister's enthusiasm for the environment and education is never-ending. Once funds and materials can be obtained, he intends to build a small water wheel that will power the barn, as well as help provide lighting for the camping area. It is hoped that by children actually seeing how power is generated from the water wheel, and converted into usable energy, it will help in their understanding of the importance of renewables in our power-hungry world.

For further information regarding booking YHA Castleton Losehill Hall's Camping Barn, please email castletonmanager@yha.org.uk.

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