A new natural play trail opens at Leigh Woods in Bristol

A new play trail has opened at Leigh Woods near Bristol, cared for by conservation charity the National Trust. The trail uses natural materials and includes a range of separate activities to encourage families to explore more of the woodland, which forms part of the Avon Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The play trail has been created thanks to a donation from Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby and £15,000 in grant funding from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust, who support community and environmental projects across the UK through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

‘Leigh Woods is one of Bristol’s natural treasures and one which all of us deserve the chance to enjoy, young or old,’ said Giles Woodward, consultant for Barcan+Kirby in Bristol. ‘I’m delighted to have the opportunity to support a play area in the woods through the National Trust. It’s a fantastic charity and this project will create a safe and fun space for children and families to appreciate the woods’ natural beauty, within one of Britain’s best loved cities.’

As well as the new play trail, visitors to Leigh Woods can follow a selection of waymarked walking and mountain biking trails, or find their own route. Downloadable trails that focus on finding the most dramatic views across the city or the most significant of the site’s trees are available on the Leigh Woods website, along with downloadable family trails and a permanent orienteering course.

‘It’s so important for everyone to have access to the outdoors,’ said Angela Haymonds from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust, ‘and this new play trail will give families the chance to explore more of the historic and diverse woodland at Leigh Woods.’

The new play trail activities include balance boards between the trees, hollow logs to explore, a woodland fort and a giant basket swing for gazing up at the leafy canopy.

More information is available on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods

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