Centre celebrates 25 years
IVER Environment Centre is quarter of a century old this autumn and has planned a whole raft of activities to celebrate. On September 8 the education centre held a special Volunteers Event to kick off the festivities, which thanked everyone who has been involved with the centre over the past quarter 25 years.
Managed by Groundwork South on behalf of National Grid, the award winning centre is within the Colne Valley Park, which is also happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Ian Glover, sustainability manager for National Grid, said: “Iver has been at the corner stone of our sustainability strategy and is an inspiration to us all.”
Over 40,000 children have visited the centre during the last 25 years and the centre has the longest running horticultural therapy centre in the region, supporting thousands of people with learning disabilities and helping them integrate back into society.
Debra Frankiewicz, the Iver Environment Centre manager, said: “Its overwhelming to see the support that has been given so generously by all our stakeholders over the past 25 years to make Iver the magical place it is today.”
One of the volunteers, Simon, said: “Iver has been like a home to me for the past 20 years. The centre and staff have given me the support I’ve needed to develop as a person and give back to my local community.”
Lou Kizwini, the managing director from Groundwork South, said: “It’s fantastic to see the immense impact Iver has made over the past 25 years to supporting those individuals that need help to rebuild their lives.”
Visit www.ivernature. co.uk for more.