Registered Charity 1182600
THE SPINNEY – 20 YEARS ON AND STILL GOING STRONG
I cannot quite believe that 2023 is the 20th birthday of The Spinney.
It was back in January 2003 that the Bythams Woodland Trust (BWT) first opened up the site by putting in the splay entrance, trackways, car park, seating areas and the first items of play equipment. In doing this, we had to take out some old and decaying trees, but we have always tried to keep the original beauty and natural character of the site.
Since then we have kept the site open throughout all seasons and in all weathers – and we only had to close for a short period in spring 2020 during the first Covid Lockdown.
We have provided great play, recreation and enjoyment opportunities for thousands of visitors of all ages and, in our minds, it has been a wonderful success. We like to think that it is a truly unique place for everyone to enjoy, which offers the chance to ‘run wild in the woods’.
But, as this is our 20th birthday year, we are planning to do something really special – and we will need your help.
Over the years, the play equipment has suffered wear and tear through constant use and it is coming up to its ‘use-by date’. Many will know that we had to take the zip-wire out because the main platform posts had rotted through. It could no longer be used and it was not economical to repair it.
So, we are proposing to carry out a major refurbishment of the pieces of equipment which really need to be replaced. In summary we are proposing to:
- Re-design the under 5s area
- Put in a new higher space net
- Install two new sets of swings
- Replace the wibbly-wobbly bridge
- Repair the boardwalk walkway
- Turn the look-out tower into a split level castle
- Replace the spiders net with new climbing equipment
This is the planned design for the new equipment
We already have planning permission to carry out these works which we want to do later this year. We are in the process of finalising the fine details of the design of the new equipment.
The biggest thing is that we need to raise about £150,000 to pay for all these works. We are working on new funding applications, and over the next few months we are pretty confident that we can make a good case – but this is where we need your help.
The people who we will be asking to fund us want to know that people are supportive of The Spinney and see it as a benefit for the local community. So, if you use The Spinney and want to help us make the changes this year so that it is even better than it is now, please post why you think the spinney is a great place.
Thanking you in anticipation of your support
Dr Patrick Candler
Chairman Bythams Woodland Trust
Click on one of the images below to see them full screen and scroll though the various designs.