FALCON MEADOW FOOTPATH EXTENSION CREATES ACCESS FOR ALL
After months of fundraising and planning behind the scenes, this week the long-awaited extension to the Falcon Meadow footpath was completed – making the full length of the Meadow accessible to all.
The footpath extension has been created specifically to provide access to those who are less mobile – wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and elderly people who may be less sure of their footing.
Graham Halliwell, Trustee, said: “Falcon Meadow exists for the community to enjoy – and as trustees of the Meadow we have a duty to ensure that everyone in the community can access it easily. There is a huge pleasure in walking the full length of the Meadow – but at certain times of the year the mud used to make the Bridge Street end virtually inaccessible. We hope that this path will allow everyone, including people with restricted mobility, to enjoy the views and tranquillity that the Meadow has to offer.”
An important consideration in extending the footpath was ensuring the environmental impact to the Meadow was minimal. The route of the new path is deliberately at some distance from the riverbank to minimise erosion. It is also hoped that giving people a clear path will reduce the likelihood of people walking on other areas of the Meadow, and potentially damaging the more delicate wildflowers. Before embarking on the project, the trustees conducted a survey of local people to ask if the path was something they would support. Whilst approximately 80% said they would welcome a path extension, it is also important to acknowledge those who did express concerns – and it is hoped that the final extension goes someway to accommodate all preferences.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without some generous funding support. The Trustees would like to thank the East Suffolk Community Partnerships Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund for providing the funding that enabled this project to happen.
We hope that you enjoy the new path, and that it will enable more people – of all mobility levels – to enjoy Bungay’s most beautiful riverside spot.