Play trail for park after £23K funding
A WILD Play Trail is to be created at Fermyn Woods, courtesy of Mick George Ltd.
Situated in the heart of Rockingham Forest, the country park offers more than 170,000 visitors a year some amazing surroundings that include 15 hectares of densely populated ancient woodland.
An environment which boasts an abundance of beautiful flora and fauna, richly diverse wildlife and a network of accessible surfaced trails for both public and horses, is to further enhance its child and family entertainment provision, thanks to £23,000 funding from Mick George Ltd.
The site currently has a children’s adventure play area, but the investment will create a unique, fun and quirky wild play trail that will encourage visitors to connect with nature through a series of educational, practical and physical activities.
Cllr Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “It’s wonderful that our funding bid to the Mick George Community Fund has been successful as it means we will be able to start work on a fantastic new interactive wild play area at Fermyn Woods Country Park.
“We hope this wild play area will encourage youngsters to learn more about the country park in a fun and original manner while attracting even more visitors.’’
The project, which was derived through visitor feedback and suggestions, will see a variety of new amenities installed.
Features will include climbing frames, sculptured butterfly seating and trails that contain living willow dens, stepping stones, climbing logs and informative signage.
Jon Stump, finance director at Mick George Ltd, said: ‘’When awarding the ‘Community Fund’ we are always keen to reach a variety of audiences that may benefit as a result of our contribution, hence the diverse nature of projects in which we are involved.’
“We have partaken in a number of conservation projects in recent years, partnering wonderful charities such as The National Trust, RSPB and the Woodland Trust.
“This initiative gives us the chance to join forces with Northamptonshire County Council, which we are sure will be equally as successful in providing visitors and the local community with a superior experience as a result.”