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Funding success for Ferry Meadows

April sees the start of two exciting projects that will introduce new events and activities as well as creating amenity and access improvements in and around Ferry Meadows Country Park. Both projects are made possible thanks to grants from funding bodies, bringing over £100,000 of investment into the Park.

Moments with Trees is a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) focused on the trees and woodland of Nene Park. Thanks to National Lottery players, visitors will be able to learn more about the history and beauty of the Parks trees through a series of trails and guided walks, whilst volunteers will have the opportunity to develop tree identification and management skills. Tree-themed activities for children will run during the summer months and project updates and tree-facts will be available on social media channels.

Moments with trees tree

Nene Park: Access Improvement Works benefits from funds awarded by WREN's FCC Community Action Fund. Over the next nine months, a number of visual and access enhancements will commence around Ferry Meadows, including path improvements, new gates, seats and statues and tree and shrub planting. Points of interest will be created for people to explore in the fringes of the Park whilst also giving the central area a freshen-up.

Access works bench

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN's grant manager for Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, says: "We are delighted to be supporting the Access Improvement Works project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for visitors. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon."

Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive of Nene Park Trust says "We are always looking at ways to improve the Park for our visitors, and having recently gone through a thorough Master-planning process, we are excited to be able to begin implementing our plans for the future. We are very grateful for our funders who have shown faith in Nene Park and have enabled us to bring this work forward."