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Land exchange sparks site improvement to Linear Park

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Land exchange sparks site improvement to Linear Park

Recent visitors to Linear Park may have noticed much needed work for the site has taken place over the past week.

In an annual visit to the Forest of Dean a group of apprentices from Western Power Distribution (WPD) teamed up with the Forestry Commission to help improve community green spaces in the Forest of Dean.

The Forestry Commission took over Linear Park earlier this year, following the Northern Quarter land swap. During a safety inspection they discovered that three of the foot bridges on the site were in an extremely poor state.

The group of apprentices assisted Forestry Commission contractors with the removal and replacement of the bridges.  They removed old fences, re-positioned litter bins and replaced signs.

The volunteers, who are all undertaking electrical apprenticeships, spent a week at three sites, Linear Park, Beechenhurst and Cannop Cycle Centre. They are learning new skills and carrying out improvements to the area including assisting with coppicing at Beechenhurst and carrying out trail repairs at Cannop Cycle Centre.

Forestry Commission spokesperson said:

 “The group of volunteers from Western Power Distribution have done a fantastic job at all three Forestry Commission sites in just a week, the most noticeable improvements are at Linear Park, where visitors will see that old signs and fences have been removed and one footbridge that was beyond repair.  Assisting our contractors install two new bridges, has been a major task and they are key to ensuring visitors continue to enjoy the circular walk around the ponds.”