Improved access and new attractions are a 'breath of fresh air' for Three Sisters visitors

Improved access and new attractions are a 'breath of fresh air' for Three Sisters visitors

Two new bridges, over 3km of wheelchair accessible pathways and two specially designed trails for the borough’s youngest residents are some of the latest improvements to Three Sisters nature reserve park thanks to an injection of funding.

A six-figure grant from the FCC Communities Foundation along with funding from Wigan Council has brought new life to one of Wigan’s hidden gems.

The improvements at the reserve fall in line with an ongoing borough-wide project which has been supported by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Three Sisters, aimed at making green spaces more accessible.

The nature reserve which is home to a lake, woodlands various species of wildlife now has more attractions for families to enjoy during the summer months thanks to the work within the recreation area.

Coun Joanne Marshall, lead member for greener Wigan said: “Well-connected local green spaces matter to us now more than ever after the tricky few months we have endured.

“The need for fresh air, exercise and the time to relax are essential to our mental health and wellbeing and so now is the time to find the hidden treasures you’d forgotten about or never knew existed here in the borough.

“I am delighted that through the partnership with FCC Communities Foundation, improved access will mean more people can benefit from everything that Three Sisters has to offer.”

Funding supplied by the foundation has ensured that 3.6km of wheelchair accessible paths could be constructed along with two new bridges to guide visitors around an enchanted sculpture tree trail and wildlife rubbings trail.

Locals have already been enjoying the trails which feature fairy doors and a miniature pair of clogs appearing as if by magic. The enchanted trail even comes with a handy booklet created with the help of St Peters Primary School pupils in Bryn.

Friends of Three Sisters member Joy Winstanley, said: “The site has been a breath of fresh air during the difficult lockdown months.

“The improved paths have made access to most areas of the site easier and the trails are already proving popular with children and their parents, encouraging them to discover more of the site. The appearance of the fairy doors and sculptures have added to their magic and mystery.

“The Friends are sure that once more normal times return the improvements will be appreciated by the visitors to the site and will make their visits even more enjoyable.”

Along with new signage, the educational element of the trails show the importance of our local wetland nature reserves within the wider Carbon Landscape which is a £3.2M programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Carbon Landscape Partnership community officer Jenny Griggs, said: “The improvements and trails are a culmination of eighteen months of hard work.

“We are so pleased as to how the local community have reacted. The xylophone to “call the fairies” has been particularly well received and brings that added bit of magic to the experience.”

To find out more about the trails visit www.carbonlandscape.org.uk (external link).

Posted on Monday 27th July 2020
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