The Friends of Martinwells Lake have already transformed a former derelict brickpond into a local beauty spot and nature reserve in Edlington, one of the most deprived communities in South Yorkshire. Funding was needed to replace unsafe rotten timber steps leading to the lake, and install steps with smaller risers to enable schoolchildren and elderly visitors to use the steps to access the lake and picnic area safely.
The replacement timbers are tanalised railway sleepers. To provide a safe surface for the steps the existing stone surface was recycled and topped up using crushed stone provided by Keepmoat Homes Ltd.
Local visitors to the lake didn’t have much knowledge about its wide variety of flora and fauna, so funding was also needed to install 4 lectern style noticeboards with information that can be changed according to season.
Key Benefits and Outcomes Delivered
These new timber steps have made a significant improvement to safe access to the lake and increased the number of local visitors and frequency of usage.
The 4 lecterns have improved the site’s capacity as an educational resource for local primary schools and The Sir Thomas Wharton Community College.