A local wildlife haven will not miss out on almost £140,000 worth of investment, despite not reaching its match funding target.
Three Sisters Recreational Area in Ashton was offered £138,000 by landfill tax funder WREN, towards regeneration of the park, but it was conditional on them being able to raise further funds by the end of February.
The original match funding target was £16,500 but following a generous donation of £1,500 from the Ashton Linen and Woollen charity, Three Sisters reduced their public appeal and aimed to raise £13,000.
Following engagement with local businesses and the community, the park managed to raise a total of £2,508, including the charity donation.
However, Wigan Council has since told the volunteers that they will give them a further £14,000 so they do not miss out on the funding.
Wigan Council, supported by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Friends of Three Sisters, have been working together for the past 18 months on a ‘Greenspace for All’ project, aimed at making the borough’s green spaces more accessible.
And, after consultations with 24 local groups, the park understands that works to make the area more inclusive needs to go beyond wheelchair access and should provide sensory experiences for people with disabilities.
The works they would like to undertake at the recreation area include;
• Create a sculpture trail
• Place information boards around the site telling the history of the area and explaining about the wildlife that can be found at Three Sisters
• Hold more wildlife activities, including Easter egg trails, Halloween trails and half-term activities to bring people closer to the outdoors
• Work with local schools
• Construct benches at scenic spots
• Create a 3.6km circular scenic and enjoyable trail, which is accessible to everyone
For those who would like to offer further support to Three Sisters or get involved in their work, email [email protected]