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New nature trail opens thanks to our Community Fund

6 August 2018

We were delighted to attend the opening of a brand new interactive nature trail in Sconce and Devon Park.

The nature trail was funded by Newark and Sherwood Homes, after we awarded the Friends of Sconce and Devon Park £1,000 as part of our Community Fund. The money has been used to install interactive nature boards across the park, giving information on the wildlife that can be seen. Children can also do brass rubbings of the creatures depicted.

The opening of the trail kick starts our partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council on the recently launched ‘Cleaner, Safer, Greener’ campaign to ensure that residents live and work in a district they can be proud of.

Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes, said: “It is great to see the nature trail now open and it is a project which will make a huge difference to the tenants and residents of the community, whether visitors are there as part of an educational trip or for leisure. It is also a great occasion to mark our partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council in maintaining the district as a clean, safe and green environment, which promotes well-being, happiness and productivity.”

Councillor David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “The trail really adds to the range of activities that families can enjoy at Sconce and Devon Park, especially children who will be able to learn about nature and make their own discoveries while following the route of the trail. As part of the Cleaner, Safer, Greener campaign we are especially keen to promote and improve our parks and open spaces.”

Paul Reed, chairman of Friends of Sconce and Devon Park, commented: “On behalf of Friends of Sconce and Devon Park, we are grateful to Newark and Sherwood Homes for the funding which has resulted in the newly installed children’s nature trail. This will allow our younger members of the community to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about wildlife and nature. We regularly have school groups visit us so the nature trail will add huge benefit to students’ education and the experience they get while visiting our beautiful park, which is the largest open space in Newark.”

Newark and Sherwood Homes’ Community Fund supports local community groups, charities and not for profit organisations to make a difference to local people and the environment. The grant has been possible as a result of procurement efficiencies created by working with Efficiency East Midlands.