Friends of the Cotswolds' appeal receives £20k boost

Conservation charity, the Friends of the Cotswolds, has received a huge boost to their fundraising activities to help save the Old Prison at Northleach, thanks to local waste management company Grundon.

The Oxfordshire-based company, Grundon Waste Management Ltd, has donated £20,000 via the Landfill Communities Fund to help the Friends secure the future of the Grade II* listed Old Prison building at Northleach which was put on the market by Cotswold District Council last year. The Friends of the Cotswolds are the preferred bidder by the council to take ownership of the Old Prison building and site at Northleach which houses the Cotswolds Conservation Board and Escape to the Cotswolds discovery centre.

Simon Randall Chairman of the Friends of the Cotswolds said:

We are extremely grateful to Grundon for this generous donation which is a massive boost to our fund raising activities. We hope to be able to complete the purchase by Easter 2013 and then the real hard work to create a truly vibrant community, visitor and educational centre begins.”

Anyone wishing to help with this project either via donations or practical hands on help please contact: or by visiting:



Friends of the Cotswolds
The Friends of the Cotswolds is a charity started in 2007 whose purpose is to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds whilst raising awareness of our natural environment and provide activities and facilities for visitors and people living and working in the Cotswolds. Visit:

Grundon Waste Management Ltd
Grundon are an Oxfordshire based company with operations across the south of England and one at Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire. More information about Grundon and their environmental/charity funding can be found at