Rectory Farm Ramble

Why did we submit a lottery bid?

During wet periods and winter months sections of the Pocket Park used become very muddy and inaccessible. It was very difficult for anyone, especially the elderly, Motability scooters, families with prams/ push chairs or dog walkers to get through the pocket park. Users found themselves slipping and sliding in the mud which meant the park really wasn’t used for months on end.

Members of the group attended a lottery fund information event in 2009 and decided that it was time for the group to tackle the problem. The aims of the Community Spaces fund to improve spaces and access really chimed with the groups aims so the group started working on an application. The group worked with residents gathering their thoughts about the access problems.

When did it happen? What changed?

Rectory Farm Pocket Park was awarded £34,383 under the Community Spaces programme for the improvement of access to the Pocket Park. Rectory Farm Ramble was the name of the project which saw new paths constructed by the British Trust Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and local volunteers. Work took place between late March and September 2011.  The first section of new path linked the new Bridleways development with the Pocket Park behind Fellmead Road and Pilton Close. The second longer section of new path linked from behind Ermine Road, along the back of Allard Close, Bentley Close, Daimler Close and Healey Close to the big pond. New paths were also installed around the sides of the big pond. Two new park benches and a notice board were also installed. In addition a grant was given to purchase new equipment, fund events and cover the cost of items to help promote the group.

To see a pdf of the new path please go to the ‘About’ page and click on the pdf at the bottom of the page.

What happened next?

If you look through the postings on our blog for 2012 you’ll see that we organised a Mini Beast Safari, Sensory explorer session, ponding dipping, an Owl presentation and Badegr talk.

We have also purchased a gazebo for events, banner, new t-shirts and equipment for the group and it’s activities. We are also in the process of producing a ‘walking’ leaflet.

About the Rectory Farm Ramble funders

 is a £50 million open grants programme that is managed by Groundwork UK as an award partner to the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces initiative. The programme helps community groups create or improve green and open spaces so that the quality of life in neighbourhoods across England is enhanced.
Groundwork supports communities in need, working with partners to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects and potential and the places where they live, work and play. Our vision is of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. For further information visit:

The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme was launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. The programme is funding a range of activities from local food schemes and farmers markets, to education projects teaching people about the environment. Groundwork UK was appointed as a Changing Spaces award partner, responsible for distributing £50 million through its Community Spaces scheme.

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. It was established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.

Full details of the work of the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards are available on the website:

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