CHESTER City Council is celebrating after being awarded a grant of nearly £50,000 for improvements to Caldy Nature Park in Great Boughton, Chester.ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ
The award, from WREN, distributors of the Landfill Communities Funds of Waste Recycling Group Limited, follows council consultation with a number of local schools and community groups to put together a bid.
The money will be used to implement a range of improvements to the park, such as:
? Better access for people with different levels of mobility, including more seating, repairing and replacing bridges and improving footpaths.
? Improving the wetland area, enhancing the main pond to encourage better nature conservation and creating a new wetland scrape to increase the variety of habitat in the park.
? New Šinformation signs at main entrances
? An art feature at the main entrance to define the park, created by a professional artist with local schools and the Friends of Caldy.
? Improving the car park to protect the wildflower meadow.
The project aims to make the park better for wildlife and to encourage a wider range of people to enjoy it. The work will be carried out in two phases in April 2009 and September 2009.
Meanwhile the city council will continue working with local schools and community groups to put the project into action.
City council executive member for culture and community, Councillor Eric Plenderleath, said: “I am delighted with this grant from WREN and the excellent work of the Friends of Caldy. The park is well used and a great asset to the local community and the city as a whole.
“I am particularly pleased that improvement programme stems from ideas put forward in consultation with local residents and schools.”
The funds are administered by WREN Waste Recycling EnvironmentalŠLimited (WREN).