New trail sees end to boredom at Boardwalks!

Post date: 
16 May 2017 - 17:30
Type: 
Member News

Wildlife conservation charity Froglife are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new Hoppy Families Nature Trail, right in the heart of Peterborough!

Boardwalks and Thorpe Meadows Local Nature Reserve, located just off Thorpe Road, recently welcomed guests to the premiere of its new nature walk, designed to engage, educate and inspire.

Opening the trail, CALA Homes’ sales manager, Warren O’Callaghan said: “We were delighted to be able to support this community project and it’s wonderful to see so many months of hard work come to fruition. Our aim is to not only build aspirational homes but to invest and contribute to the communities and environments in which we build. The nature trail will bring fun, adventure and learning opportunities to many families in Peterborough. The new interpretation boards are eye-catching and engaging and allow visitors to gain more from their visits.”

Encouraging visitors of all ages to explore the reserve and find out more, the nature trail includes challenge cubes, interpretation boards, and wildlife themed rubbing plates. Local artists Jeni Cairns, Keely Mills and Stuart Payn were involved in the creative process, working with young people from Froglife’s Green Pathways scheme to turn their ideas into reality. Additionally, young offenders on their community reparation orders helped install seating, bat and bird boxes, and a new dipping platform, and tree works took place to let more light into pond areas, improving conditions for amphibians and dragonflies.

A map and activity sheet to accompany the nature trail are available to download from: www.froglife.org/what-we-do/froglife-reserves/boardwalks/

The project would not have been possible without the generosity of funders, including backing from over 80 fantastic ‘crowdfunders’, corporate supporters CALA Homes, the Stone King Foundation, and Modern Scaffolding Services, a Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ award voted for by the public, and a grant from the Dulverton Trust. Thanks should also go to all the volunteers who help with habitat management and surveying at the site – if you would like to join them, please get in touch!

Jenny Tse-Leon, Head of Learning and Communications at Froglife, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone that contributed towards this project. Boardwalks was an underused site in the centre of the city and we wanted to make it easier for people to explore by creating the Hoppy Families Nature Trail. Getting outside and experiencing nature has been shown to have a wide range of benefits for our health and wellbeing.”

Boardwalks is a free, publicly accessible Nature Reserve and can be found across the bridge from the Boathouse Pub in Thorpe Meadows, or by following National Cycle Route 63 along the River Nene in a westerly direction from Rivergate. It has been managed by Froglife on behalf of Peterborough City Council since 2015 when extensive pond restoration and creation work took place.