Wheelchairs welcome at Warmley Forest Park
By matt_2009 | Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 16:37
One of South Gloucestershire's much-loved green spaces is now even more accessible to the local community thanks to a £50,000 makeover.
Council Chair Cllr Janet Biggin was joined by South Gloucestershire Disability Action Group and school children from Warmley Park School to celebrate with those involved in the project.
The improvements to Warmley Forest Park include a 348 metre path suitable for wheelchair users and those with other special mobility needs, as well as facilities for cyclists at Warmley station to help those visiting via the nearby Bristol to Bath Railway path.
The work was carried out by the council following an award by the Cory Environmental Trust in Britain in 2011, and with the participation of the South Gloucestershire Disability Action Group.
Other improvements carried out during the project included work to make the adjacent car park more accessible to service users with mobility and other special needs.
Welcoming the improvement works, Cllr Claire Young said: "Warmley Forest Park is an excellent example of the green spaces that make South Gloucestershire such a great place to live and work.
"Thanks to the kind support of Cory Environmental Trust in Britain it is also now more accessible to all members of the community.
"I encourage local people to see the improvements for themselves and to enjoy the many benefits that the Forest Park has to offer."
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary for Cory Environmental Trust in Britain, said: "The Trust was pleased to support this worthy project, which has delivered considerable improvements to the accessibility of Warmley Forest Park.
"The Park provides the people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire with an important green space and wildlife habitats. This project means that even more people can now enjoy Warmley Forest."
Ken Young, Treasurer of South Gloucestershire Disability Action Group said: "South Gloucestershire Disability Action group members were invited to look at how we can improve the accessibility of the site, similar to those we have carried out at other sites. It is a truly exceptional place to visit locally."
Warmley Forest Park forms part of the Forest of Avon and is owned by South Gloucestershire Council. The park is a mixture of young broadleaved woodland and open spaces, and is located to the east of Warmley village centre.