Peter Wright Outdoor Learning Hub: Youth worker, charity founder and activist honoured as college's new hub named after him
Newbattle Abbey College has named its new outdoor learning hub after author, charity founder and former student, Peter Wright.
Newbattle Abbey College developed Scotland’s Forest College which is a national centre that promotes lifelong learning outdoors.
The initiative is unique to Scotland.
Judy Paul, Forest College Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to name our new Outdoor Learning Hub after Peter. He has inspired so many people to explore and learn in the outdoors”
Peter Wright has written four books about the landscape of Scotland have inspired a number of people to undertake great journeys into or through the Scottish countryside.
He was delighted by the news of being honoured by his former college, saying: “When I was a student at the College myself, many years ago, I did think that the forest and grounds were a very underused resource. I loved walking there almost every day, and felt I was somehow engaging
with their many natural qualities in an enriching way. So, it really gives me enormous pleasure to see how innovatively Newbattle Abbey College is now exploiting its nature-filled surroundings to the full – for people of all ages and for such diverse learning purposes. This really is blazing a trail
for personal development in an outdoor setting: for which I offer my hearty congratulations to all involved.
"That the classroom should now have my name attached to it and all that will be carried out within those walls, whilst looking out at the College grounds, is truly a great honour. I`m both humbled and overjoyed with this wonderful gesture.”