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Bursary donation opens up Essex woodland for more locals to enjoy

27 Apr Bursary donation opens up Essex woodland for more locals to enjoy

The Ashwells Amenity and Pleasure Ground Trust has given its thanks after it received a £500 bursary donation from Cala Homes (North Home Counties).

The trust – set up to manage the nature reserve and meadowland for residents of Earls Colne, in Essex – wanted to open an area of woodland beside a stream to make it more accessible to locals.

As a result, the £500 bursary grant from homebuilder Cala Homes (North Home Counties) has proved to be a vital boost in funding an attractive new footpath which crosses the stream and another small brook.

The donation to the Ashwells Amenity and Pleasure Ground Trust – located close to Cala’s Audley Chase development – has allowed the trust to open this new streamside walk. It is hoped the opening will encourage locals to get lost in nature and allow them to appreciate the natural beauty of their surrounding countryside.

Glenn Copper, Sales & Marketing Director at Cala Homes (North Home Counties), said: “Cala aims to make a positive and lasting contribution to the communities in which we build and that’s more important now than ever. We were thrilled to help enrich the lives of residents in our Earls Colne development by investing in this woodland footpath.

“Getting out into nature has a multitude of positive benefits to both our mental and physical health. We predict this funding will mean a great deal to these Essex communities, and we can’t wait to follow the progress of the footpath and see how the donation will make a real difference.”

Frances Barton from the Ashwells Amenity and Pleasure Ground Trust added:

“We have noticed that locals have been spending more time outdoors and so we noted the need for increased accessibility along our beautiful woodland areas in Earls Colne.

“We are hugely grateful to Cala for their generosity as this funding has enabled us to purchase good quality oak sleepers for the footbridge and we have enough money left to build another bridge over another part of the stream. This has allowed us to make a circular route for our local residents to enjoy their beautiful countryside in all its glory for many years to come.”