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Go green and get in shape at town college

Staff at Horncastle College prepare to put up a nest box at part of the nature trail scheme. They are, from left to right, Sue Anthony (receptionist), Karen Taylor (facilities manager)

Staff at Horncastle College prepare to put up a nest box at part of the nature trail scheme. They are, from left to right, Sue Anthony (receptionist), Karen Taylor (facilities manager)

HORNCASTLE College is going green - and the aim is to make everyone else envious.

The College plans to create a “green gym” and wildlife trail at its site off Mareham Road.

The two schemes are part of an on-going bid to improve the range of facilities at the College, which will also be holding a huge Family Fun Day later this month.

The gym initiative, which will be run in conjunction with the Country Volunteers Trust, will see sections of the college grounds and gardens transformed.

Groups and individuals will be invited to help maintain the areas and gain healthy exercise in the process.

Already, the local Getaway Club, which caters for adults with learning difficulties, has expressed an interest.

Staff at the college also hope to involve local schools and other organisations.

Facility manager Karen Taylor said: “This is a great idea. It’s a chance to improve the grounds, make them more accessible and, at the same time, give people the opportunity to enjoy some healthy exercise.”

Under the proposals, groups will have the chance to take charge of a designated area of the grounds.

Mrs Taylor added: “The idea of green gyms really has taken off. It’s not just about gardening.

“It’s amazing the range of activities that will be involved. There will be special warm-ups and warm-downs. We will have fully qualified people in charge of the sessions.”

The College also hopes the idea for a wildlife trail will appeal to organisations and schools.

The plans involve installing nest boxes at various on-site locations while designated ‘quiet areas’ will also be introduced. It will be administered by a college ranger.

Mrs Taylor explained. “We already have a huge variety of wildlife which people might not even be aware of. With the nest boxes and the quiet areas, we’re hoping we can attract even more birds and animals.

“We also want to utilise all the wonderful trees we have. Some of them are over 40 years old.”

Meanwhile, the Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 29 (11am-5pm) will feature a range of attractions, ranging from archery and Nordic walking through to scuba-diving.

There will be a cooking competition, various food and craft stalls featuring local businesses and an inflatable Olympic assault course. The Olympic Torch will also be on display. Admission is free.

l Anyone wanting details should contact the college (01507 522449) or e-mail Horncastle.college@lincolnshire.go.uk/.

 

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