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Major project on Halesworth's Millennium Green is unveiled

PUBLISHED: 08:30 22 May 2016

The Access for All project was funded by the Big Lottery and has taken a year to complete. Picture: James Bass

The Access for All project was funded by the Big Lottery and has taken a year to complete. Picture: James Bass

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A year-long project to make Halesworth's Millennium Green more accessible for residents and tourists alike has been completed.

The Access for All project was funded by the Big Lottery and has taken a year to complete. Picture: James BassThe Access for All project was funded by the Big Lottery and has taken a year to complete. Picture: James Bass

The project, which got 90pc of its funding from the Big Lottery, aimed to give people more information about the Green and its place in the area and encourage them to take advantage of it.

There is now a new entrance board, along with sign posts at junctions and meadow nameplates directing people around the 50-acre Green.

Chairman of the Halesworth Millennium Green Trust Sal Jenkinson said: “The great excitement of this project has been the way it cements the contact between the Green and the town. Thanks to the meadow nameplates, when the Green advertises a community event people will be able to find it!

“And thanks to the fingerposts, anyone passing through can now easily see where they’ll get to if they keep going right to the edge of the Green and beyond.

“The lovely entrance board carries a clear map and other information about the Green – and the board has two sides, the other side is available for the town council to put up information about Halesworth facilities for people coming off the green and going into the town.”

The different areas are named in honour of historical events or places, but not all the names are known to locals, which has made it difficult for people to find their way around.

And the work was all carried out locally, with the design for the entrance board done by Mustard Creative in Halesworth, the board was made by CW Ellis Joiners on Holton Airfield, with Mary Anstee-Parry of Walton le Willows carving wildlife figures into the legs.

The fingerposts and meadow name plates were made by Harrier Country Signs in Norwich and local green oak for the board came from Big Wood in Thorington.

Parts of the path in a meadow connecting the industrial estate to the Green have also been resurfaced so they it can be used by people pushing buggies and cyclists as well as walkers.

Ms Jenkinson said: “All the feedback from users has been entirely enthusiastic. People can finally know which bit of the Green they’re in, where they can get to from where they are, and with dryer feet thanks to the path improvements.”

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