CAMPAIGNERS who fought to stop Wiltshire Council from Oxenwood and Braeside outdoor education centres say they are confident new groups will be found to run both sites.

Community First were selected as the first choice to run Oxenwood in December and lead parent campaigner Lucy Gomes says plans are within a hair breadth of completing.

Wiltshire College pulled out of a bid to move Braeside to Lackham College at the beginning of the year. However Mrs Gomes says talks with two other companies are going well.

She added: "It’s been a very long road and we are not there yet, but it looks like outdoor education will continue, fingers crossed at both Oxenwood and Braeside." Steve Crawley of Community First and head of Youth Action Wiltshire said: "This is an exciting opportunity for our charity to ensure Oxenwood and its staff team can offer affordable high quality outdoor education, alongside launching new free to access provision for 250 young people who are vulnerable and face disadvantage every year."