Country park near Corby to receive wildlife trail after funding boost

Fermyn Woods Country Park.

Fermyn Woods Country Park.

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Fermyn Woods Country Park near Corby is to have a wildlife trail after a funding boost from a local construction company.

The park has received a £23,000 grant from Mick George Ltd which will create a unique, fun and quirky wild play trail which will encourage visitors to connect with nature through a series of educational, practical and physical activities that the trail provides.

Cllr Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “It’s wonderful that our funding bid to the Mick George Community Fund has been successful as it means we will be able to start work on a fantastic new interactive wild play area at Fermyn Woods Country Park.

“We hope this wild play area will encourage youngsters to learn more about the country park in a fun and original manner while attracting even more visitors.”

The project which was derived through a consultation of visitor feedback and suggestions will see a variety of amenities installed.

Features will include climbing frames, sculptured butterfly seating and trails which contain living willow dens, stepping stones, climbing logs and informative signage.

Finance director at Mick George Ltd Jon Stump 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 gives us the chance to join forces with Northamptonshire County Council which we are sure will be equally as successful in providing visitors and the local community with a superior experience as a result.”