Gosforth Nursery – ‘Eco friendly upgrade’

Children from Gosforth and surrounding village’s now benefit from a brand new eco-friendly nursery following a £40,000 grant from the Copeland Community Fund.

The grant completed the £400,000 funding package needed to complete the building and was allocated to:

• Install and commission solar and photovoltaic panels
• Air source heat pump system
• Underfloor heating
• Thermal hot water system

Gillian Jackson, Nursery Manager, said: “The nursery has been operating for the last 17 years from portacabins which have reached the end of their lives and no longer meet the needs of the children and staff. The new building is a fantastic opportunity for us to widen our services to a greater number of children and families in the community”.

“Installation of ‘green’ equipment, solar panels, air source heat pump and photovoltaic cells for generation of electricity should mean we can generate our own energy and reduce associated costs, providing a sustainable future for the building”.

Cllr Elaine Woodburn, Copeland Community Fund chair, said: “We have been very pleased to be able to provide financial funding of £40,000 to this new building from our small grants scheme. The project will offer many opportunities for the local community and provide an example for sustainable building design in Copeland.”


All green equipment installed – associated improvements to environment
Savings on energy bills
New energy efficient
9 jobs safeguarded
6 additional childcare provide for babies
8 additional childcare provision for school children
2 additional jobs created


The whole project meets the outcomes of people having better changes in life, stronger communities and improved rural environments. Parents will have opportunity to return to work earlier when the service is extended to provide care for younger children. We build the reputation of the nursery as a central part in the life of the village and community.