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Nene Park enables improved access off the beaten track

Nene Park Trust is celebrating following the completion of a number of visual and access enhancements around Nene Park, enabling a greater number of visitors to access more areas of Nene Park.

The project was funded by a £26,000 grant from WREN's FCC Community Action Fund, and has enabled visitors to explore the fringes of the Park while also giving the area around the Information Centre and Gift Shop some much-needed improvement.

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Over the last nine months, the team has been hard at work on a number of initiatives including:

- Creating new path access to picnic tables for use by mobility scooters and wheelchairs

- Installing wooden gates along Lakeside Road- Putting in place new seating around the Park

- Tree and shrub planting across Ferry Meadows including new borders at the main entrance

The main focal point of the project has been a new large metal sculpture close to Goldie Bridge, designed by local artist Jeni Cairns. With seating positioned around the sculpture, it provides stunning art and a place to rest in a location away from the central core of the Park.

Jeni Cairns sculpture

Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive of Nene Park Trust, is delighted that the improvements are now complete: "The aim of this project has been to make Nene Park a more accessible destination for all. The improvements we've made are going to make a real difference to those who use it and we are extremely grateful to WREN for providing funding."

Cheryl Raynor, WREN's grant manager for Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, says: "It's wonderful to see something we have funded finally completed and ready to be used by visitors to the park. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved."

For more information about WREN funding contact Cheryl Raynor at cheryl.raynor@wren.org.uk or visit http://www.wren.org.uk/

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