Children's Wooden Trim Trail for Long Stratton

by Long Stratton Town Council in Long Stratton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £159 with 14 supporters in 42 days

To replace a wooden trim trail which was removed for health and safety purposes for the benefit of young children and their families.

by Long Stratton Town Council in Long Stratton, England, United Kingdom

76th place in the Calor Rural Community Fund - £5,000 Category

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What is the need for your project in the community? How will your project improve local life?
Long Stratton is a rural town reliant on road networks to access facilities outside of Stratton. The trim trail will enhance the existing play facilities which are functional but tired. The additional 1800 homes will see an increase in the young families in Long Stratton reliant on the facilities provided. The trim trial would breathe a new lease of life in the play area promoting outdoor play and improving health and wellbeing. Long Stratton Council would love the community to have this to look forward to after being in these difficult times. The picture shown is from one of the quotes we've received showing what it could look like!

What support do you have from the local community for your project?
The Community were upset yet understanding at the removal of the old trim trail on the grounds of H&S, the Council advised they would start ear-marking reserves to replace the trail which was welcomed by the community. There has been no other engagement to date.

Who will benefit from your project?
The trim trail will be for the benefit of all of Long Stratton, 4000 residents and the wider community that visit the park. We are also earmarked for another 1800+ homes in the next few years.

Tell us more about your project and how it will benefit your community if you are successful.
The project aim is to provide a new and modern children's wooden trim trail to enhance the existing play facilities in Long Stratton for all to use. The trim trail will be located on the main route to the local primary and junior schools and will be accessible all day every day.  It will be near the brand new Long Stratton Town Council Pavilion building in lovely surroundings on Manor Park playing fields and close to the children's play area.

It will be designed for ages 5 to 13 to capture those of school age and provide alternative facilities to those already at Long Stratton which are tired but functional. The trim trail will be within walking distance to all and has a long life span. The trim trail itself will incorporate a variety of trail crossings that push the boundaries, such as the log traverse and the clatter bridge that along with being great fun, will help develop balancing, agility and coordination skills. Since removal of the old trim trail the Council has been saving in ear marked reserves to match fund any grant received.

Please give a breakdown of the costs of your project.
We have had two quotes already, one from Eibe Play for £10,000 and another from Sovereign. If the Council were successful we have ear marked reserves which the Council will use to match fund any grant received. The project manager would be the Town Clerk and would fall within her existing duties and as such there is no additional cost. Any increase in insurance premium would be absorbed by the Council, there is no other cost implication.

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