New woodland trail to open up Newmillerdam

The Friends of Newmillerdam Country Park are pushing for a grant of �50,000 for a new project at Lawns Dike.Pictured L-R Don John and Robert Oldroyd
The Friends of Newmillerdam Country Park are pushing for a grant of �50,000 for a new project at Lawns Dike.Pictured L-R Don John and Robert Oldroyd
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A NEW trail will allow walkers to delve deeper into the woodland of Newmillerdam Country Park.

The park’s Friends group have just completed plans for a circular route next to Lawns Dike, a small stream.

A wooded area will also be renovated which will include a new water feature, plants and a sensory area with themed attractions.

Volunteers will begin working on the 80-week project as early as August, if the group’s bid for a £50,000 grant is approved by Waste Recycling Environment (WREN).

Don John, secretary of the Friends of Newmillerdam Country Park, said the group would make the footpath disability-friendly.

He said: “It is hoped this new attraction will encourage a wider section of the community to visit the park, and offer opportunities for exercise, education and an interaction with the local environment.

“It will be particularly good for those with limited mobility or mums with push chairs.

“We are also hoping to introduce a picnic area for the first time.”

Mr John said the plans were based on a survey asking visitors what they would like to see in the park, which is reported to attract more than 300,000 visitors each year.

He said: “We found that the vast majority of visitors just walk along the traditional lakeside path.

“But there are over 280 acres of woodland which we want people to make the most of.”

Mr John said themes for the trail and sensory area would change each year, and that children from local schools would get to have an input.

He also said the group would construct the new area using recycled materials.

He said: “It is the most expensive option but we are hoping to end up with something sustainable.”

Anyone wanting to support the project should email donaldjohn1@sky.com or stimpsons@tiscali.co.uk