WORK to improve the play facilities at a specialist residential outdoor education centre in South Lakeland has been boosted by a four-figure a grant from a renewable energy developer.

The Bendrigg Trust at Old Hutton, which works with groups of disabled and disadvantaged people from across the UK, was given £5,000 by the Banks Group, which built the nearby Armistead windfarm.

The trust, which was set up in 1978, has been working to reclaim and landscape the site’s lower field, so that it could increase the number and scope of the activities it offers. Funding has enabled the completion of landscaping work, which will allow new playground equipment and accessible paths to be installed.