Describe your project
Last year the parish of Scole purchased (including donations from residents) four parcels of surplus land from Norfolk County Council for the benefit of parishioners and wildlife alike. A group of volunteers formed the Scole Nature Trail Trust with the aim of creating and maintaining a miniature parkland with footpaths and wildlife habitat – much of the land borders the River Waveney. The footpaths have been an instant success with both locals and people traveling to the area to walk them. From the outset we were asked if we could provide simple seating en-route for the elderly and infirm to take short rests whilst walking. As well this we would like to install benches and picnic tables at selected spots around the newly created park.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Having created new footpaths the number of walkers in the area has increased dramatically; which can only be of benefit to their health and well being, both physical and mental. Also the volunteers are benefiting with the physical work that is involved constructing the wildlife habitats. It should also be noted that some are now taking more interest in the flora & fauna which until recently had been of little interest to them. The local primary school also visits the park to take some of its lessons, this particular aspect we are keen to expand on.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
To purchase these parcels of land the parish council took out a loan via the Public Works Board which will be paid back via the precept. In addition to these well over £20,000 was donated personally by some of the villagers to make sure the project went ahead. As previously stated the paths and the park are well used by all age groups from the young through to the elderly.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
This is impossible to quantify but in nice weather it is not unusual to count around twenty people an hour on the footpaths.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We desperately need seating and tables at strategic points around the park and on the footpaths. These would be for either a short rest or just to sit and watch the river go by whilst taking in view or listening to the birds singing. We have been donated over £600 to purchase these but really need some more. The seating we have looked at is manufactured from recycled waste plastic with prices ranging from £115 for a simple bench to £530 for a suitable picnic table with benches. These prices do not include VAT.
When and why was your project founded?
The actual project was founded during 2017. Having said this some of the volunteers have been maintaining the footpaths around the parish at their own expense for several years.