A fun and exciting nature trail designed to get children physically active and learning about nature is to be created in Leicester’s Victoria Park. Seventeen pieces of wooden equipment, ranging from rope bridges to giant wooden butterflies, will form a trail from the path to the existing pond and spinney area.
“Work will begin on the £10,000 trail later this year thanks to generous support from Biffa Award”, said Douglas Smith, chair of Friends of Victoria Park. “The Friends group applied for financial support after local children demonstrated overwhelming support for a nature trail for the pond area”
Children’s views were gathered through presentations to local schools, and questionnaires completed by children and parents, community groups, playgroups, and on Friends of Victoria Park stalls at Queens Road Summer Fairs.
“I want to have a nature trail so I can see and learn about bugs and creatures” explained one child. Another added, “I would like to see wooden animals and log bridges that you can climb on.”
Douglas Smith said: “The nature trail will be a great way for children and parents to learn about nature and have fun at the same time. We are delighted with the support from Biffa Award which has enabled us to create this addition to the park.”
Biffa Award, is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK.
Gillian French, Head of Grants, Biffa Award said “This fantastic project demonstrates how the Landfill Communities Fund can help create fantastic recreational spaces. The new nature trail will give children the chance to engage with wildlife and the outdoors.”
This press release was published in the Leicester Mercury on 25th July 2016.