Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Active Together Launch New Nature Play Trail

Monday 26th September 2016

New Greystones Farm Play TrailNew Greystones Farm Play Trail

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) are celebrating the opening of a new play trail at Greystones Farm, Bourton-on-the-Water, made possible by funding from Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together scheme. Local children from Play Gloucestershire put the trail to the test at the launch on Saturday 24th September.

They were joined by local Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson who was delighted that the funding had been put to such good use:

"When Greystones approached me to help fund their new activity trail for children I didn't hesitate to support them through the Active Together scheme. I saw the trail first hand and it's great. Fun, interesting and it lets children (and adults too) experience the natural environment in all its Cotswold glory. From fish to butterflies and rabbits we saw them all while we were out. I hope lots of people will see the good work at the farm and use the new trail."

Greystones Farm is the perfect place for children to get excited about nature.

The £6000 award has enabled GWT to construct the range of activities, as well as offer play sessions for Play Gloucestershire and develop accompanying explorer backpacks, so families can get more out of the site than ever before, something the Trust is extremely passionate about:

“The Wildlife Trusts’ 2015 Every Child Wild study showed that less than 10% of children today play in natural areas, which is why it’s so important for us, as an organisation, to help families make the most of their natural environment. Greystones Farm is the perfect place for children to get excited about nature. The funding from Active Together has enabled us to create this fantastic play trail which we hope will help ignite that passion in them, while having a positive effect on their health and well-being.” Will Masefield, Cotswold Community Wildlife Officer for GWT.

Using an inventive range of natural materials, the trail includes climbing logs, balance beams, rope swings and stepping stones across the river, having been designed to get families excited about nature and to encourage them to go wild and have fun exploring their local nature reserve. Open all year round, the play trail is free for families to use.

Explorer backpacks are available for hire from the farm during opening hours and include activities to help avid explorers learn about wildlife, agriculture and the history of the important site.

Find out more about Greystones Farm and GWT's upcoming events.