Bythams Woodland Trust receives £50,000 Big Lottery grant for new play equipment

From left Gavin Pye, Francesca Pye, 14, Patrick Candler and Simon Garbutt promote Bythams Woodlands Trust which has just received a �50,000 grant to provide play equipment Photo; SM190611-007js
From left Gavin Pye, Francesca Pye, 14, Patrick Candler and Simon Garbutt promote Bythams Woodlands Trust which has just received a �50,000 grant to provide play equipment Photo; SM190611-007js
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YOUNGSTERS will be able to enjoy some new play equipment thanks to a £50,000 grant.

The Bythams Woodland Trust is over the moon to have received the Big Lottery grant to improve the play activities at The Spinney.

Members of the trust have been working on the application for 18 months and hope youngsters will be able to play on the new equipment early next year.

The Spinney is a combination of open space and woodland spread over 5.5 acres, which is just outside Little Bytham.

Trust chairman Dr Patrick Candler, of Castlegate, Castle Bytham, is thrilled with the grant.

He said: “It has taken nearly 18 months to get this funding, and it is a fantastic achievement.

“The Bythams Woodland Trust will now be able to provide a much wider range of play equipment for the over fives in what is a really wonderful adventure play setting.

“It will take us about six months to get everything in place and we will be looking to launch the new equipment early in 2012.”

The money will pay for a 10m curved embankment slide, space net, hill slide, walkway and a look out post and a spider’s web climbing frame.

The equipment will be dotted around the site and contractors are hoped to start work in the autumn.

Members have been granted planning permission by South Kesteven District Council.

The funding has been provided by the Big Lottery Fund as part of the community spaces programme, which is managed by Groundwork UK, an environmental regeneration charity.

The Spinney was created by the trust in 2003 to provide an environmentally friendly space for the community.

The trust received £67,500 from the Millennium Commission to create the site.

The site has an orchard, sensory garden along with equipment for younger children to play.

Members have raised nearly £200k to develop and expand the site.