The Groundwork South Trust Ltd in Wilmington, Kent secured a £46,210 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).
The project at Oakfield Park, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, has established a woodland trim and nature trail. Project works included the installation of timber trim trail fitness equipment, an outdoor classroom, interpretation boards, a junior mountain bike route, and benches and picnic tables.
Following completion of the 1km long woodland trim and nature trail project works, the space will now be available to people of all ages and abilities, to participate in healthy outdoor activities that will improve fitness whilst providing access to nature and learning.
Carol Unwin, Principal Landscape Architect, Groundwork South Trust, said:
“We’re grateful to Biffa Award for helping to transform this small corner of woodland into a hub for adventurous, outdoor activities accessible to all sections of the community.”
Councillor Jennifer Rickwood, Chairman of Wilmington Parish Council, said:
“The Parish Council greatly appreciates the funding provided through the Biffa Award scheme to make the long held dream become a reality. I am certain that the creation of what is both an educational and recreational area in the beautiful setting of Oakfield Park will become a very popular and well used attraction”.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This work is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help revitalise local facilities for the benefit of the local community. For more than 16 years recreation facilities across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”