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Walks programme ends to record number of participants

Published Monday, 10 November 2014

A record number of participants, over 150, turned out for the final Trent Park guided walk which took place at the end of October. The nine walks, funded by Enfield Council’s Enfield Residents Priority Fund (ERPF) and run by Black Rainbow Events for the Friends of Trent Park saw an average of 45-60 participants on each tour.

Trent Park Guided Walks

The walks, which were all free, covered subjects such as survival and bushcraft techniques, nature, evening bat activity, bird watching, history, legends and Trent Park ghost stories (for Halloween season). The programme also included a Love Parks Week guided tour that started at Trent Park and finished at Forty Hall, passing through various open spaces along the way.

The walks also inspired many people to get involved by joining the Friends of Trent Park, a group of volunteers committed to helping improve the park and its surrounding area. At the beginning of the walks arranged last year, the group had approx. 20 members. The number of signed up members now stands at over 160, virtually all of them having joined while attending one of the walks.

Black Rainbow Events have been successful in applying to the ERPF and there will be even more walks at Trent park next year on various themes, again all free.

Cllr Yasemin Brett, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Organisations said “This project was ERPF money well spent as it not only promoted Trent Park, but also the ERPF itself, in a positive and sustained way throughout the seven-month programme.

“Like last year, this programme of low cost events has once again not only proved itself to be a valuable tool for building strong community involvement and representation, it has also proved itself to be a low cost tool for producing a sustained level of positive publicity.

“Trent Park deserves initiatives such as this to raise awareness of its nature, history and worth as a valuable example of our local heritage. This project has raised awareness for local residents and visitors alike, as well as promoting healthier lifestyles.”

Alan Mitellas, Director of Black Rainbow Events said “This walks programme has been even more successful than we even dreamed it would be. But its success is simple: offering free, informative and fun walks open to everyone in this wonderful green space which is steeped in history. Our local area cries out for events such as these.

“The walks this year were more varied than ever, and the response from participants was overwhelmingly positive, many people urging us to run more next year. That’s why we were overwhelmed to learn we have been successful in our bid to the ERPF to have another series running throughout 2015. We hope these will be even more popular.”


 

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