Charity set up to manage Scole's nature sites after transformation by volunteers
A new charity has been set up to secure the future of nature sites in Scole after they were transformed by a team of volunteers.
The Scole Nature Trails Trust (SNTT) was given charitable status in June.
The charity is designed to maintain Scole Pocket Park and four pieces of land recently acquired by the parish council through donations and a loan.
The sites have proven popular with villagers and walkers alike.
Chris Brooks, from Scole, who is a SNTT trustee, has helped to maintain the land and footpaths since 2004.
He said he has seen it transformed in recent years.
"Twelve regular volunteers have worked to improve the area since April 2014," he said.
"At the time, Pocket Park, leased by Mid Suffolk District Council, was virtually abandoned, overgrown and acted as a dumping ground.
"The park has now been restored and removal unstable willow trees and the creation of suitable natural habitats have improved the area. We also have possible plans for an outdoor classroom for local schools to use.
"Over the last three years, the park has returned to its former glory – all thanks to volunteers.
"It has turned the village around in many places.
"Where we had derelict land, we have turned it into something really nice where people want to go."
Last year, Scole Parish Council purchased four pieces of land in the village, including an area for a car park.
A permissive path has now been laid to connect all four areas and Pocket Park.
The SNTT is working the River Waveney Trust, and the charity has secured 105 tree saplings from The Woodland Trust.
The charity is currently raising funds towards installing park benches on all the walks, through the Calor Community Fund, and has plans to make all sites more wheelchair accessible.
The third annual Pocket Park Picnic will be held on July 14 from 3pm.
There will be a barbecue and visitors are invited to bring their own food and something to sit on.