Boost for Brighouse picnics

Picnics in Brighouse are set to be even more enjoyable this spring thanks to a funding boost to improve the area at Wellholme Park.

The SITA trust, an organisation that supports community projects across the UK, has awarded the Brighouse site £10,000 to make improvements to the picnic area at the Thornhill Beck side of the park.

The park has already been awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status, meaning it has a special level of protection, ensuring communities and future generations will always have access. The SITA Trust funding will ensure that this site is at its best for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Pauline Nash, said:

” I’m delighted that Calderdale has received this funding to improve the picnic area at Wellholme Park in Brighouse. Our parks are an important part of our environment, and they have a big part to play in contributing to people’s health and wellbeing.

“Brighouse already has a park that people can be proud of, but these improvements will really benefit the whole community.”

To qualify for this grant, local volunteers will donate their time to enable the project to go ahead and will be completing some of the work themselves. The Build a Brighter Brighouse group has spent time identifying the improvements which need to be made and will be involved to oversee the planned works as part of the improvement scheme.

Chairman of the Build a Brighter Brighouse group, Mark Yates, said:

“We are thrilled that the picnic area at Wellholme Park will be improved. We want to make it an area that everyone can access and enjoy throughout the year.

“The site will be a great picnic area which will include new tables, bins, access paths and natural stone features.”

The SITA Trust, which is supporting the project, provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund, for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

Jools Granville of SITA Trust commented:

“In 2012 we’ve invested over a million pounds to improve Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields like Wellholme Park. We’ve also offered significant grants to improve community leisure facilities in Calderdale.”

It is hoped that the new facilities will ready by spring 2013. For more information about Calderdale parks visit Parks and open spaces.

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