Cash to help complete Newmillerdam trail

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A cash grant will help complete a revamp to a country park trail at Newmillerdam.

The Friends of Newmillerdam group has been awarded £13,700 to replace the last stretch of wooden boardwalk at Lawns Dike Trail with non-slip recycled plastic boards.

The group opened the £55,000 trail – with help from a £50k grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) – last summer after spending 18 months working with Wakefield Council to create a new boardwalk with seating, picnic tables and a viewing point so visitors could access a previously-unused area of the park.

Initial funding only covered replacing 400m of the 500m original rotting wooden trail boards, so the group applied to WREN for another grant.

The money will complete the project, which picked up the 2014 best new build environmental project title in the Wakefield Civic Society Design Awards.

Jeff Stimpson, Friends’ chairman, said: “WREN gave us most of the initial funding for the project but we didn’t have enough for the full walkway so we re-applied for the extra funds.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the cash – we would not have been able to raise such a massive amount of money just by selling cups of tea so it is great that WREN has stepped in to help improve the country park again.

“The new plastic boards do not rot and will last for around 50 years so it is a good investment and the best thing is that they are non-slip and therefore a lot safer for visitors, especially as that area is very wet and boggy.”