Woodland wonderland coming to Corby

The owners of Willow Place, Helical Bar, are sponsoring the event
The owners of Willow Place, Helical Bar, are sponsoring the event

Corby’s town centre is being transformed into a woodland wonderland this weekend.

The two-day, family oriented event is designed to highlight the importance of local woodlands and the work of the Friends of Corby’s Woodlands and Green Spaces, a voluntary organisation which ensures local woods are a clean and safe environment for members of the public.

Helical Bar, the owners of Willow Place and Corby town centre, are sponsoring the event and have installed 28 10ft native trees as well as 170sqm of artificial turf to create a magical woodland setting.

Activities designed to highlight the borough’s beautiful woodland will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, including a large display area on the woodland project’s background and volunteering opportunities, a forest school activities area for rubbings, shelter building, ID cards, picture frame making and acorn planting.

Daniel Pickard, centre director of Willow Place and Corby Town Centre, said: “We are delighted to have sponsored this event, which draws attention to the sterling work undertaken by the Friends Of Corby’s Woodlands and Green Spaces, and to partner with the borough council to highlight one of the town’s greatest assets.

“It’s easy to forget the amount of fabulous green space Corby has within walking distance of its thriving town centre and we hope as many people as possible will be able to play their part in conserving it.”

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Peter McEwan, said: “The woodland around the town is something that Corby Borough Council and many people living in the borough are very proud of and becoming a volunteer to help clean the woods up is not only a great way to do something good for the environment but is also a fantastic opportunity to improve your heath, meet new people and learn new skills in the great outdoors.”

Helical Bar is looking for suggestions from members of the public as to where the town centre trees can be planted after the event.

Suggestions can be emailed to tracyb@ashdownphillips.com.