Dual purpose of new broadwalk at country park

Damen Keddy (Barnsley Council's Public Rights of Way Officer) on the new raised footpath around the Wet Woodland area of Worborough Country Park near Barnsley. Picture Scott Merrylees
Damen Keddy (Barnsley Council's Public Rights of Way Officer) on the new raised footpath around the Wet Woodland area of Worborough Country Park near Barnsley. Picture Scott Merrylees
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THE stunning landscape has drawn visitors to the area for hundreds of years.

But now there is a new way to view the habitat of Worsborough Mill Country Park after a new raised boardwalk was installed.

The boardwalk, near to the old stone bridge in the 240-acre Barnsley nature reserve, passes one of the most eroded sections of footpath, but also serves a grander purpose by enabling water to flow freely towards the wet woodland, helping to maintain the habitat and the wide range of species it supports.

It has been funded by Barnsley Council and Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), a group funded by a £1.8m Heritage Lottery Fund grant to conserve, protect and enhance the built, natural and cultural heritage of the Dearne Valley. This will be the first phase of work to improve access.

Roseanna Burton, community officer for the DVLP, said: “Not only has the boardwalk improved accessibility on site, it has also helped elevate flooding. Allowing water to flow freely into the Willow Carr Wet Woodland, to maintain this important habitat characteristic, and support a wide range of species, including the nationally scarce Willow Tit.”

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “The new walkway will improve access at Worsbrough Mill Country Park, making it an ideal destination for a gentle walk while taking in the stunning scenery and fascinating array of wildlife.”