Helping our communities and volunteers to improve our beautiful borough
The project is to take place at Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary. Over 20 years the former demolition dumping site has been improved with tree planting and a successful wildlife belt now forms the perimeter of the site. The site has never been accessible to disabled people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility owing to the lack of safe pathways. This splits families and communities who wish to enjoy accessing the site. We want to provide an 'accessible to all' rubber surfaced pathway which will be 1000 metres long with areas housing picnic benches at areas where natural habitats will guarantee sharing space with nature. The path will be freely useable to people who can walk around, travel around in wheelchairs or prams and also access the path in guided horseback nature trails. This aspect will also be available to wheelchair users who can utilise horsedrawn wheelchair carriages to enjoy the nature trail. The guided nature trails will include themed events.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Enjoying outdoor recreation provides benefits for mind, body, spirit and the economy. Good for the mind. The psychological benefits, include the prevention or reduction of stress; improved self-esteem, confidence and creativity; spiritual growth; and an increased sense of exhilaration, adventure and challenge from life. Good for the body. Getting outside provides physical benefits, such as aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as improved functioning of the immune system. Social life. Bonding with like-minded people who enjoy outdoor activities and feeling an increased pride in your community and nation. The economy. People who regularly participate in outdoor recreation tend to be more productive at work. Job opportunities, which leads to economic growth. Outdoor recreation provides benefits including increased environmental awareness which results in increased involvement in environmental issues. Engagement in positive activities reduces anti social behaviour
Steps to get it done:
The additional aspects to this project are the showcasing of an inspirational place which, in turn, will inspire others to recognise that they can make a difference. 20 years ago this site was subject to the illegal dumping of over 800 tons of demolition waste. At this time there was little in the way of life on the site. The clearance of the site was undertaken by ordinary Sefton residents and it is now home to a reknowned, award winning charity specialising in rehabilitating horses and people as they work alongside each other. The tree planting and compassion for wildlife has meant that the sanctuary is home to hundreds of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Sharing in the calm serenity of an 8 acre site filled with love will be enhanced by improving the facilities to make it more accessible and shareable.
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