The Outwoods, a 110-acre ancient woodland to the south of Loughborough has benefitted from a generous donation of £8,000 from local construction business Mick George Ltd. The grant has contributed to an interpretation project aimed at increasing the knowledge and awareness of the rich natural history contained within the Outwoods and wider landscapes heritage.
The Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is one of the oldest surviving woodlands in Charnwood and consists of a variety of different routes and walks, as well as an abundance of habitat, species and plantations.
The funds have been utilised to vastly improve the visitor experience with the installation of a large oak welcome board positioned in the car park, which displays information and an illustration map of the site, as well as a waymarked family sculpture trail, entrance signage and improvements to the picnic areas.
Local school children, craftsmen, businesses and volunteers have been involved in the development and creation of the sculptured trail, which depict animals and objects of local, natural history.
The enhancements have resulted as a consequence of the consultation carried out among site users, highlighting the need to increase the local character and provenance of the area, as a gateway site to the National Forest and Regional Park area.
Adam Goodall, Policy and Green Spaces Development Manager at Charnwood Borough Council said: ‘’The upgrades will permit better access and encouragement within the natural environment, forging a positive link between green spaces, nature and human health, and social and psychological functioning. We’re grateful to Mick George Ltd for their input in delivering the much improved site infrastructure.’’
Jon Stump, Joint Chief Executive Officer at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We have been involved in numerous projects of a similar nature, all of which have greatly benefitted the local communities in which they’re located. We’re sure that it will be no different on this occasion. It’s fantastic that different local groups have been able to participate in the advancements made.’’