Horsham Town Community Partnership is set to benefit from a £37,386.41 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.
The Horsham Riverside Walk Enhancement Project, in West Sussex, was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme. The project will benefit the circular Riverside Walk by improving the paths and installing signs, benches and interpretation boards. Access for wheelchairs and buggies will be provided where possible.
The circular riverside walk covers 20 km (12½ miles) around Horsham and follows the River Arun and other water courses surrounding the town. A map is available on the website: http://horshamtowncommunitypartnership.btck.co.uk/
The project will provide better signage and information, benches for rest stops, and develop more volunteer groups to look after the asset. Increased use and management is expected to conserve the ecology of the route and protect existing river wildlife channels linking Warnham Nature Reserve, Chesworth Farm and Owlbeech/Leechpool Woods. These form an important wildlife corridor between the upper River Arun and other nature reserves such as Pulborough.
David Searle, Project Manager, Horsham Town Community Partnership pointed out, “The provision of information boards showing aspects of wildlife will complement educational needs and encourage young people to take an interest in this little known wonderful resource. The work on the Riverside Walk will create a fantastic amenity for residents and visitors to Horsham, maintaining green open space for community use.”
Horsham Town Community Partnership is presently working in conjunction with Horsham District Council on the project.
Chair of the Partnership, Jane Apostolou, has praised the work of the dedicated project team.
A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said: "We are delighted to hear that this funding has been received after everyone, including Horsham District Council, has worked exceptionally hard on this project."
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, added, “We’re pleased to support projects like the Horsham Riverside Walk Enhancement project. The project will heighten the experience of the users and also help conserve the surrounding area”