Crowdfunder raises £4k for Cannon Hall play trail

A crowdfunding campaign to build a nature play trail at Cannon Hall Park and Gardens has raised over £4,000.

The money will fund a tree sculpture to mark the entrance of a new nature play trail in the grounds of the hall in Cawthorne.

The campaign by Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, in partnership with Cannon Hall and Parks for People, aims to help families explore the great outdoors.

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, children in Britain spend just 16 minutes a day playing or exploring in parks and other open spaces. This campaign aims to change that by providing a new outdoor nature play trail in an overgrown area of Cannon Hall Park.

As well as receiving donations from members of the public and businesses, the Trust secured match funding from Crowdfund Barnsley – a scheme which provides a funding boost to community groups, charities and social enterprises which make a difference in the community.

Margot Walker, chair of trustees at Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, said: “We wanted to give children and families the chance to explore and discover nature on their doorstep in the beautiful grounds of Cannon Hall. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who supported the campaign.”

Workshops with a sculptor will take place at Cannon Hall where those who donated £20 via the Crowdfunder website will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas to the design.

In January 2017, Cannon Hall Park & Gardens announced that it had received £3.4m in funding from the Parks for People project – made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. The project will see key features of the parkland such as the ice house, deer shelter and gardener’s cottage restored to their former Georgian glory.

Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust is a fund-raising charity founded in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future.

  • Picture shows children playing in Cannon Hall grounds.

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