An Tobar Wellness Centre, Silverbridge had the official launch for their ‘Brian’s Wood Native Woodland Heritage 1 year Project.’ This project recently secured a National Lottery Fund Grant of £61,900 to help connect people with the heritage in Brian’s Wood.
At the launch event, they facilitated guests on a guided walk-through Brian’s Wood followed by a guest speaker session.
The 1 year project seeks to enhance access to Brian’s Wood for a range of underserved groups including;
- young people aged 14-19 years of age with additional learning needs and/or physical disability;
- women aged 55+,
- carers of dependents with disability/illness;
- families from lower socio-economic backgrounds with additional needs and/or physical disability.
Up to 220 people are expected to benefit from the funding secured.
Over 13500 native trees have been planted in the woods over the last few years and these trees are starting to weave out a distinctive nature and heritage trail with a number of walking trails for participants to enjoy; a poetry, nature and heritage trail.
The trails include a range of audio signs which provide detailed information on many aspects such as native trees, ecosystems, and poetry from poet Michael J Murphy for example. Depictions of native animals are pinpointed around the site for young and old to enjoy. Etching plates are placed along the trails and are sure to keep young and old engaged.
A new website www.Brians-Wood.com is also being developed as part of the project to promote the heritage of Brian’s Wood and will make it accessible to an even wider audience.