The Friends of King George V Playing Field celebrated the opening of the new footpath in their Jubilee Nature Area on Saturday 14th October.
The new footpath will enable local people and visitors to enjoy the nature area throughout the year and be accessible to people with buggies or using mobility scoters or wheelchairs. The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust’s, Wild Green Places Project have been working with the Friends group to help them deliver this project. With funding from the Tesco’s Bags of Help grant scheme and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends group were able to add this to funding already accessed from Guisborough Town Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council enabling them to achieve their long held aim to make the nature more accessible.
The footpath snakes through the woodland and meadow area, which in autumn are ablaze of seasonal colour. The route is used by residents to access the play equipment in the park and the swimming baths. Nearby Chaloner Primary School frequently visit the nature area to learn about wildlife and have helped to plant trees, bulbs and wild flowers. Earlier in the year a brass rubbings nature trail was launched. Copies of the trail are available free of charge from the swimming baths. The Friends group is keen for more members to help them in their work. For more details contact the Tees Valley wildlife Trust on 01287 636382.
Pictures by Brain Gleeson