The Greenway walking and cycling route in Rushden is to be transformed thanks to Heritage Lottery funding and a brand new project.
The project, run by the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme and East Northamptonshire Council, is called Out to Water, Into History. It will focus on improving the stretch of the Greenway from Rushden Lakes to the town centre with new signage, welcoming gateways, better landscaping and as the name suggests, the project hopes to encourage users to travel between the river and Rushden, creating clear links with other points of interest along the route.
The project will take five years to complete and anyone who wants to get involved is encouraged to join the ‘Friends of the Greenway’ group which can be found on facebook where events and activities will be updated regularly.
Councillor Sarah Peacock, from the Greenway board, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to get involved in really making this well used route a lovely space. We will work together to produce a landscape management plan that the local community are happy with and that will cut down on the need for maintenance but at the same time will allow wildlife to thrive.
“So much can be done with this money over the next five years but in order to make it stay for the long-term we need as many ideas and volunteers as possible.
“Opportunities include clearance work, planting, installing bird boxes, artwork and building. We are also very interested to hear from any business in and around Rushden that may like to offer their staff up for a day’s work, or sponsorship.”
Nenescape’s Interpretation & Community Engagement Officer, Alison Cross, added:
“Nenescape is thrilled to be distributing Heritage Lottery Funding, raised by National Lottery players, to East Northamptonshire Council on this exciting project. Out to Water, Into History’ is a great opportunity for local people to get outdoors and explore the area and we’re very excited to be promoting the attractions that Rushden has to offer.
“We’ll also be working with a range of partners on 15 other projects along the Nene Valley to look after this fantastic landscape.”
During the next few months a tree and ecology survey will take place along this route, to provide a record of current wildlife and habitats. There will be further opportunities for the public to get involved in this type of work later in the year