[B]ritain’s Energy Coast, owners and operators of Westlakes Science & Technology Park will welcome a new team member to the park this week in the form of Cuthbert the ewe.
Cuthbert was created as part of the Go Herdwick campaign to raise vital funds for the Lake District Calvert Trust.
The Go Herdwick campaign has seen 100+ painted Sheep and Lambs placed around our county before coming together to be auctioned last October. Each sheep has a sponsor and an artist who developed many exciting concepts for the model Herdwicks.
The Go Herdwick campaign raised £245,000 to help fund the c£1.3m capital redevelopment of Old Windebrowe. The redevelopment will deliver six specialised apartments suitable for stroke survivors and those with acquired brain injuries or physical impairments, including a communal area allowing guests to receive occupational therapy and rehabilitative support on-site.
“Developing property in ways that improve our communities is a major part of our work at Britain’s Energy Coast”, commented CEO Michael Pemberton, “The Calvert Trust works tirelessly to make our local destinations even greater by making them accessible and we are delighted that our £2,000 donation will help with this exciting restoration.”
Justin Farnan, Business Manager with The Lake District Calvert Trust added: “Many thanks to Britain’s Energy Coast and all the other final buyers for making the auction such a success, and we are delighted that Cuthbert will remain an integral part of the community! The development of Old Windebrow will be a major part of the Lake District Calvert Trust’s future direction and we are delighted that the fundraising for the project has got off to such a great start. Once finished, this site will be the home for our innovative ‘Supporting Recovery through Outdoor Adventure’ programme and we hope to retain the support of the Cumbrian business community as this new proposition develops.”
As Cuthbert settles into her new home, she will also act as a focal point for STEM engagement on the site, the first being a proposed nature walk with the children of St Cuthbert’s Primary in Windermere, who painted the sheep, and the children of Moor Row primary – the closest school to Westlakes Science & Technology Park.
St Cuthbert’s Primary used the painting of the ewe to educate the children about the work of the Calvert Trust, disabilities and importantly given Cuthbert’s new home of a Science & Technology Park, nature. This can be seen throughout Cuthbert’s design, which also brings in the school motto “Help one another. This is what we do with all our hearts.”
BEC is also hopeful that the tenants of the park will enjoy seeing Cuthbert on walks around the site. “We don’t just want to be a sterile business environment, but a collaborative community,” commented Operations and Stakeholder Manager, Kate Garratt. “The revenues that the park generates contribute to projects that directly benefit the community around us, and bringing Cuthbert to the park is a small step in giving greater visibility to the great work our tenants help us achieve.”
Cuthbert will be grazing outside Ingwell Hall from this week.