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Bookings for outdoor education activities at Braeside and Oxenwood are on the rise as negotiations on future of provision in the county continue.

oxenwoodNegotiations are ongoing with Community First on the future with Oxenwood to ensure outdoor education can continue at the site. Meanwhile the site remains open for activities and bookings.

Operational work at Braeside has also been extended and funded until December 2019 as negotiations on its future continue.

Initially there were talks with Wiltshire College to take on outdoor education at Braeside with a transfer of the service to the Lackham campus.

However these discussions have now ended after Wiltshire College withdrew their bid and the council is due to confirm a new preferred bidder shortly.

Philip Whitehead, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for finance said: "We have a great deal of interest in continuing outdoor education in Wiltshire from a number of parties.

"Although Wiltshire College withdrew, we have quickly taken up the process with the other bidders and we will be progressing with those. I anticipate announcing a preferred bidder soon.

"Meanwhile I encourage schools to have a look at what's on offer at the sites and book up now for the many activities on offer."

Braeside and Oxenwood offer a range of activities including abseiling, kayaking and bushcraft survival skills as well as Braeside offering packages for Able, Gifted and Talented children.

Bookings for this year are up at both sites. Schools can still book by calling Oxenwood on 01264 731274 and Braeside on 01380 722637.

A decision for Wiltshire Council to cease its provision of outdoor education at the two sites was made in March 2018. The latest developments mean outdoor education can be sustained and potentially improved in the county at no cost to the council.