Gorleston wood volunteers celebrate five years of success

The group of volunteers. Photo: Great Yarmouth Green Gym

The group of volunteers. Photo: Great Yarmouth Green Gym - Credit: Great Yarmouth Green Gym

It's been five years since the new woodland walk was unveiled

Volunteers improving the woodland. Photo: Great Yarmouth Green Gym

Volunteers improving the woodland. Photo: Great Yarmouth Green Gym - Credit: Great Yarmouth Green Gym

Five years ago volunteers reclaimed the woodland of Beacon Park in Gorleston.

The volunteers of Great Yarmouth Green Gym are celebrating the five year anniversary since they took the reins in July 2012.

The woodland walk was planted in 1995 and as time went by it was almost inaccessible and lacked in light.

They cut back trees to let the light in and made pathways creating the woodland walk for the local community to enjoy.

A natural pathway in the woodland. Photo: Great Yarmouth Green Gym

A natural pathway in the woodland. Photo: Great Yarmouth Green Gym - Credit: Great Yarmouth Green Gym


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A ribbon was cut by Mayor at the time, Colleen Walker officially opened the woodland walk.

The woodland walk is a circular route of 1.8 miles and is ideal for walkers with or without dogs, people interested in wildlife and those who like to enjoy the fresh air in a woodland setting.

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Following the work that was carried out by the Green Gym, the Beacon Park Woodlands won the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Site Award in July 2013.

As nature is always changing, the plants will grow and structures built from natural materials decay.

The Green Gym volunteers have continued their work every week to establish positive changes. They continue to cut back the trees so woodland flowers can flourish bringing in insects, butterflies, more birds and small mammals.

For the volunteers the woodland walk is the longest sustained project they have done. They still enjoy working together as a team and seeing evidence of their hard work each week over the years. They learn new skills and put them into practice in the woods.

A volunteer said: 'I've been coming for four and a half years, I've made friends with people from all different walks of life.

'The best thing we have done is the transformation of Beacon Park woods from a dark and overgrown wood to something people can enjoy.'

The woodland walk now thrives as a place for people to enjoy and it will continue to do so with the care given to it by the Green Gym.

The team will at the woodland walk on Thursday, August 9 between 1pm and 4pm.

New volunteers are welcome to take part in the sessions or to get involved in helping to run the group in a variety of ways.

For more information contact Sue Holmes on 07900 654033, gygreengym@gmail.com or visit their website www.greatyarmouthgreengym.co.uk

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