Wild About Barcombe
Wild About Barcombe was established in 2008 with the aim of delivering a project to provide the village with an outdoor community space accessible to al residents.
The Parish Council agreed that a suitable site would be Pump House Field, adjacent to the Recreation Ground, and permission was given to develop the area of this field that surrounds the allotments.
The project enables access to nature, exercise and outdoor living through the provision of a well-designed, multi-functional and safe recreational space that encourages social interaction, play, exercise and education through a deeper connection with our natural environment.
In 2009 a Stage 1 application was submitted to the National Lottery’s Community Spaces Small Grants Scheme. This was successful and we were invited to submit a Stage 2 application. After a huge amount of work on the part of the committee and other parties who generously volunteered their skills and time, this was submitted in 2010 and granted in August of that year.
Wild About Barcombe provides:
- well-constructed paths to enable access for all our residents
- a pond with dipping platform to facilitate the exploration of life under water
- challenging boardwalk trails to encourage creative play and adventure
- a community orchard and ‘wild kitchen’ to provide foraging opportunities for adventurous cooks
- a variety of seating including picnic areas and a firepit to encourage outdoor activity and social interaction
- a ‘youth zone’ to provide a private space for our younger residents to make their own, using locally sourced materials and new skills learned through the den-building aspect of the project
- enhanced diversity of wildlife habitats to encourage and support indigenous flora and fauna
We really hope that people just use the space whenever they wish; to walk in, relax in and just get away from it all.
Julia Shelley (Parish Clerk)
01825 766356 or email [email protected]