The creation of an outdoor classroom on Greenwich Peninsula looks likely after campaign to raise £60,000 hit its target.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park held fundraising activities that included Yogathon, a pub quiz and a corporate event to raise the money.

Senior warden at the park Joanne Smith said: “We are so grateful to all the support we have received so far. The Friends group, local residents and businesses have been really generous with their time and money and this has helped us raise three times as much as we would normally raise in a year. A big thank you to everyone for helping us get closer to our goal and make a bigger difference.”

The appeal is part of a wider project to raise more than £150,000 for a new building, infrastructure and additional staffing to provide education to children and adults, enabling them to get close to nature.

The Land Trust's estate manager Simon Pile said: “This campaign has been a great project to engage the local community but we still have a long way to go to realise our vision. We will be continuing to meet with stake holders and explore opportunities to reach our goal, so if anyone would like to find out more about how to help, do get in touch with the Land Trust.”

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The classroom:

It will have capacity for more that 2,000 school children and will train over 40 students in urban wildlife and conservation and teach new skills to over 150 volunteers, every year.

This will enable the team to run much bigger events, such as pond dipping and bug hunting days.