Residents of Cherry Willingham are set to get improvements to the new Cherry Fields Project
Anne Welburn, Chair of Cherry Willingham Parish Council, which owns the land, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.
She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Cherry Willingham. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our new fields taking shape over the next year.”
Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire, says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Cherry Willingham Community Fields project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for the local community. 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.”.
Anne hopes the footpaths will be ready to use by Summer 2017.
“The residents agreed to the Parish Council buying the fields for the village to use as a community area and woodland. This has given us the opportunity to develop the project by creating a walkway to the Viking Way which runs through the Parish but to which we do not have direct access. This will give residents safe access to the river but will also open the entire area to the public. 1.5 acres has been leased to Worth Unlimited, who run The Growing Plot. This is aimed at helping marginalised teenagers through social and therapeutic horticultural gardening. The rest will be for public use although the first field, Cherry Pastures, is leased to a local farmer until 2018.
Once the whole project is delivered we will have a safe walking/cycle route, a new dog walking area and, when the trees grow, 3 acres of totally new woodland. Part of the plan is to create a bike path for our youngsters, which will run through the trees and an area for residents to plant their own trees in memory of loved ones. This will not be a formal area but more one of quiet reflection.
We want to achieve freedom to exercise in a variety of ways, offering various distances for walking, which in turn will promote a healthier life style for residents but also encourage our younger residents to experience nature first hand. This should result in greater wellbeing of our residents”