Fermyn Woods County Park
Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest, Fermyn Woods Country Park provides in excess of 170,000 visitors per annum some amazing surroundings that includes 15 hectares of densely populated ancient woodland.
An environment which boasts an abundance of beautiful flora and fauna, richly diverse wildlife in addition to a network of accessible surfaced trails for families has recently completed developments to the sum of £23,000, courtesy of funding from Mick George Ltd to further enhance its offerings.
The site has received investment to create a unique, fun and quirky wild play trail that will encourage visitors to connect interactively with nature through a series of educational, practical and physical activities that the trail provides. The trail is intended to reflect the diverse wildlife that can be seen at the ‘park’, from the impressive Red Kite, to the Purple Emperor Butterfly, fostering an increased interest in habitats.
Hillary Monk, Senior Ranger at Fermyn Woods said: ‘’The wild play trail has been very well received, with a definite shift in usage. Already, we have surpassed the number of annual visitors to that received in 2015. With the trail reaching the peripherals of the park, it gives people the chance to discover the beautiful tranquil areas, formally unrecognised. We extend our gratitude to Mick George Ltd, securing such a grant really does make a significant impact.’’
The project which was derived through a consultation of visitor feedback has seen a variety of new amenities installed. Features include, climbing frames balance beams, peeping posts 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 commented: ‘’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.’’
Stump continued: “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 gave us the chance to join forces with Northamptonshire County Council which was equally as successful in providing visitors and the local community with a superior experience as a result.”