07.01.16 - Wild Play Trail to be created at Fermyn Woods courtesy of Mick George Ltd
Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest, the country park offers in excess of 170,000 visitors per annum 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 in addition to a network of accessible surfaced trails for both public and horses is set to enhance its child and family entertainment provision courtesy of funding from Mick George Ltd.
The site which currently has a Children’s adventure play area is set to receive investment to 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 that the trail provides.
Cllr Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing stated: “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 whilst attracting even more visitors.’’
The project which was derived through a consultation of 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 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 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.”