Milton Country Park
Press Release - Funding Awards
13th May 2016
Funding has been approved to upgrade footpaths and bridges at Milton Country Park.
Milton Country Park has been awarded funding for a two stage access improvement plan which will see its main footpaths resurfaced and bridges and lakeside viewing platform refurbished this summer.
The park was successfully awarded grants for the work in two separate bids, with £35,000 of funding approved by the Amey Community Fund to refurbish the bridges and structures, and £40,000 awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund to upgrade the park’s main footpaths.
Mick Woolhouse, director and secretary of Milton Country Park's governing charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust, believes the funding will make a significant difference to the park.
“In the nine years that Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust have managed the park visitor numbers have grown year on year and we are thriving in terms of footfall and activities. This increase in visitors is bound to have an impact on the wear and tear of the park’s surfaces and structures. The cost of work like this is significant and as a registered charity the park receives no regular funding, relying on the support of its users through the car park, donations and facilities hire to cover our day-to-day running costs. Receiving funding from AMEY and WREN is a fantastic opportunity for Milton Country Park, enabling us to make substantial improvements which all of our visitors will benefit from.”
The Amey Community Fund awards grants to support community, environmental and heritage projects run by non-profit organisations based in Cambridgeshire, within 10 miles of a landfill site. The fund is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and is part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund. WREN awards funds donated by FCC environment through the landfill communities scheme and since 1998 has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site.
Kerry Talbot, WREN's grant manager for Cambridgeshire says, "We're delighted to be supporting the Milton Country Park project and pleased our funding will provide improved access to such a beautiful site for people across Cambridgeshire. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon".
Improvements will begin in June with the aim of having work completed ready for the busy summer holiday period.