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£11,000 Won for York Nature Area


5:48am 3rd December 2012

A local councillor has secured thousands in funding for a popular nature area in the Woodthorpe area of the city.
Coun. Anna Semlyen, on behalf of the Friends of Chapman’s Pond, has successfully bid for £11k which will help improve accessibility to their area. A raised recycled crushed stone circular walkway will be built around the woodland, with disabled access improvements to the entrance to follow, making it easier for all to enjoy.

Chapman’s Pond comprises seven acres of beautiful public open space owned by City of York Council off Moor Lane, Woodthorpe. It is popular with fishermen, dog walkers and nature lovers.
Yorventure awarded a grant of £11,000 for access and conservation work at Chapman’s Pond, through funds generated by Yorwaste Ltd, operators of the Harewood Whin landfill site. Entrust, who regulate the Landfill Communities Fund, have registered the project.

In February, £2,000 was also awarded to the Friends of Chapman’s Pond through the York Community Pride Fund.

Coun. Semlyen said:

“I am delighted to have led this application on behalf of the Friends of Chapman’s Pond, a vibrant group making a difference and loving where they live. This grant supports volunteers looking after our natural environment. Anyone who wants to join can contact me. We still need Tree Wardens and people willing to help keep the site tidy.”
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