The Ernest Cook Trust has announced a new collaboration which will extend its expertise in ‘learning from the land’ to the Pennines.

ECT, based in Fairford, Gloucestershire, has teamed up with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership to offer outdoor learning opportunities for school groups, families and young people living around the iconic Pendle Hill in Lancashire.

ECT will appoint an Outdoor Learning Officer to offer curriculum-linked lessons, informal training and lifelong learning for adults. Working with schools and community groups in the Pendle Hill area, the new officer will create a lively and innovative outdoor learning programme to run over four years.

The Ernest Cook Trust was founded in 1952 as an educational trust by Ernest Cook, grandson of Thomas Cook the travel agent. Today it owns and manages over 22,000 acres of land across five counties

The charity’s vision is ‘inspiring young people to achieve better educational and life outcomes by learning from the land’, and it does this through the management of its landed estates; educational support through grant giving; and the direct provision of education.

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership scheme, led by the Forest of Bowland AONB, aims to conserve the heritage of Pendle Hill and reconnect people with their past and landscape. Recently the scheme was awarded £1.8m of Heritage Lottery Funding.

The new collaboration is only the second time The Ernest Cook Trust has worked outside its own country estates. Early last year it launched a partnership with the Devonshire Educational Trust at Chatsworth in Derbyshire.

ECT’s Chief Executive Dr Victoria Edwards said: “It’s exciting for us to be able to expand the reach of ECT to areas beyond our own rural estates and closer to towns and cities.

“PHLP is led by a great group of people who are a delight to work with. We look forward to developing inspirational approaches to learning from the land with them for the communities around the distinctive landscape of Pendle Hill.”

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