Volunteers of the Riverside Group of the Malton and Norton Area Partnership (MNAP) have secured more than £90,000 to refurbish walks by the River Derwent in Lady Spring Wood.
Funding has come from Ryedale District Council (£69,527), Yorventure Environmental Body Ltd (£17,427), and through a match funding social media campaign – attracting donations from 95 local supporters and local businesses Tate-Smith Ltd and Armco IT Consulting Ltd (£5,530).
MNAP hopes to enhance, repair and refresh permissive pathways in Lady Spring Wood with a new boardwalk in the springs area and by the river a natural earth path, replace a bridge across The Cut on the Gannock Field, and clear invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed.
MP for Thirsk and Malton Kevin Hollinrake, who has taken a keen interest in this project, recently visited the site.
He said: “I pay tribute to Fiona, Sarah and Rodney of the Riverside Group for having developed this idea, for bringing it to life so quickly, harnessing the power of the community and volunteers to engage stakeholders and make it happen.
“This beautiful walk can be enjoyed by so many more locals and visitors in the future.”
Sarah Oswald of the Riverside Group said: “Along with the rest of MNAP, I am absolutely delighted that we have achieved this scale of fundraising in about six months! We can now achieve our aims.”