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Bollington blossoms with help from Sustainable Development Fund

This is an archived press release

Thursday 19 August 2010

19 August 2010

Bollington blossoms with help from Sustainable Development Fund

Two community projects have been given lift-off in Bollington thanks to the Peak District’s Sustainable Development Fund.

A new Bollington Tree Trail, supported by £18,000 from the Fund, will be officially launched on Sunday September 5. Developed by the Bridgend Community Centre, the trail has been created, with the help of the centre’s volunteers and more than 100 schoolchildren.

Eventually covering 12 miles, it will pass through 11 woods, with information and artworks to educate and entertain people about woodlands, wildlife and how trees help tackle climate change. The final section of the trail will be opened in June 2011.

Bridgend Centre co-ordinator Ann Mayer said: “The opening of the Bollington Tree Trail will be a wonderful way to help celebrate our 20th anniversary, and we’re very grateful to the Sustainable Development Fund , the Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust and both Cheshire East and the Peak District National Park Rangers for making it possible.

“The centre has an open door policy, allowing people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to develop friendships, learn new skills and volunteer for a variety of activities. We also run weekly guided walks. In 2009 we had over 10,000 visits.

“The tree trail will help us promote healthy exercise in the fresh air and get people enthused about the countryside.”

A children’s exhibition at the Bridgend Centre will open at 10.30am on September 5, followed by a free guided walk on the tree trail, launched by Macclesfield MP David Rutley, at 11am.

After the first three miles there will be a picnic (people need to bring their own) and children’s activities. After lunch, people can walk one mile back to the Centre (104 Palmerston Street, Bollington, tel: 01625 576311) or continue for a further 4.5 miles.

The Sustainable Development Fund has given another boost to Bollington with a £20,000 grant to help refurbish an old farm building at Ingersley Hall as a volunteers base. The Bollington Initiative Trust is bidding for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help create a £2m environmental studies centre at Ingersley.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund, managed by the Peak District National Park Authority, offers grants to community and business projects that benefit the social, environmental or educational well-being of the area.

To find out more about the fund, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf  or call 01629 816312.

This is an archived press release

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