£6,000 project to extend footpath aims to get more people visiting Gunton Wood
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A £6,000 project to extend a woodland footpath has been completed.
The path, at Gunton Wood, now extends down to Leisure Way at the entrance to Pleasurewood Hills, making the woodland more accessible to families.
The project was organised by Gunton Woodland Community Project as an extension to the work they did two years ago when the group raised enough money to surface the main path through the woods from the gate at Gunton Church Lane to the pond.
Chairman David Briggs, who has been involved with the project since it was set up 20 years ago, said: 'It becomes very muddy at times especially during the winter months and is a hazard to pedestrians who walk to and from Gunton Hall Leisure Centre, Pleasurewood Hills and those that walk with their families on a circular walk to the beach area at Corton.
'The new path is super, I think it will bring more people into the woods and we've already had people congratulating us on it.'
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The project was funded through grants from the Suffolk Foundation, Comic Relief, Gunton Hall and Pleasurewood Hills, as well as donations from councillors Keith Patience and Stephen Ardley.
Mr Briggs said: 'It was something I had in my mind to do for quite a while, but it was a lot of money to raise.
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'Our thanks go out to them for their generous help towards a project which will make for a much safer use of this pathway through the woodland here at Gunton.'
The Gunton Woodland Community Project now has a membership of 200 people, with around 30 volunteers turning out on a weekly basis to maintain the site.
They carry out tasks such as cutting back the nettles and brambles and cutting the wildflower meadow, with a regular break for coffee and cake to keep them going.
The group will also be hosting a litter pick on Saturday, November 11, and members of the community are invited along to help. Anyone interested is asked to meet at the end of Gainsborough Drive at 9am. A minute's silence will also be observed at 11am.
Mr Briggs said the group is keen to attract some younger members, with the current age range from 60 up to 84.
Anyone interested in joining can email email@example.com