An innovative new wild play trail will be officially unveiled at Fermyn Woods Country Park this week (Friday).
The wild play trail has been created thanks to a grant of £23,000 from the Mick George Ltd Community Fund, which awards funding to community projects across the region.
The play trail features climbing frames, balance beams, peeping posts, sculptured butterfly seating and trails that contain a den building area, rustic seating circle, a grass maze and climbing logs, and has been designed to reflect the diverse wildlife that can be seen at the park.
The official opening of the wild play trail will take place on Friday and pupils from Danesholme Infant Academy in Corby have been invited to be the first to try out the play area.
Cllr Sylvia Hughes, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing for Northamptonshire County Council, which manages country parks through First for Wellbeing, said: “This new wild play trail has been created using feedback from our park visitors and is designed to encourage people to learn more about the diverse nature that can be found at Fermyn Woods.
“Thanks to the support of the Mick George Community Fund, we’re confident this wild play area will encourage youngsters to learn more about the country park in a fun and quirky way, get outdoors and be more active.”
Northamptonshire Country Parks manager Chris Haines said: “We are delighted to launch our new wild play trail at Fermyn Woods Country Park. The trail will be the first of its kind in Northamptonshire and will add a new and quirky experience at the park.
“It is also a great reason to get children outdoors, active and close to nature in this beautiful County of ours.”
Jon Stump, finance director at Mick George Ltd, said: ‘’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.
“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.”