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Funding body Wren donates £50,000 towards refurbishment of Woody Heights skatepark in Deeping St James


Youngsters in Deeping St James are set to get a new concrete wheeled sport facility thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body Wren.

The money, awarded by Wren’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to replace the current metal skate ramps at the Woody Heights skate park in Linchfield Road with a concrete facility.

Julie Fortnum, the clerk of Deeping St James Parish Council, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Deeping St James. It’s fantastic that Wren has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to the new facility taking shape over the next year.”

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

Its grant manager Cheryl Raynor said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Woody Heights project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for young people in Deeping St James.

“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.”

Deeping St James Parish Council has been working towards raising funds for the last three years so it can improve the facilities and cater for all ages and abilities, with lower maintenance costs and a longer life expectancy than the current metal ramps.

Other funding has been obtained from the council tax precept, Section 106 agreements between building developers and South Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire County Council’s Big Society Fund, individual donations at community engagement events, and from contributions made by holding a non-uniform day at The Deepings School.

The parish council is currently looking for a contractor to carry out the work with the tender process concluding today.

For more information about the project call the parish council on 01778 343266.


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