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Farnham District Scouts go bananas

Farnham District Scouts have received a £10,000 donation from the Shanly Foundation as part of their fundraising campaign Garners goes Bananas. The campaign aims to raise £133,000 to upgrade their Garners Field facilities.

Used by hundreds of Scouts from the Farnham District from ages 5½ to 25, the Garners Field site can accommodate a range of activities such as canoeing, archery and forest skills. The Shanly Foundation’s donation will go towards building an extension that will host a first aid and quiet room alongside new toilets and showers with disabled access. The current kitchen will also be upgraded to be more user-friendly with hygienic floor and wall coverings.

The water supply of the campsite is currently shared with Surrey West Guides. However, the Garners goes Bananas campaign is aiming to install an environmentally friendly rainwater harvesting system, collecting the water from the roof of the activity centre and then storing it to be used in both old and new toilet blocks.

District Commissioner, Philip German, said; “For 40 years, Garners Field Campsite has given young people lifelong memories of outdoor fun and adventure and now it’s time to help future generations to enjoy our local countryside. Groups have come from as far as Cornwall to use the site, as well as those participating in Duke of Edinburgh. We thank the Shanly Foundation for this most generous grant.”

To date, the Garners goes Bananas campaign has raised £73,000. To find out more about the campaign or if you would like to donate, please visit garnersfield.uk