Crowdfunder raises £4k for Cannon Hall play trail

21st May 2018

A crowdfunding campaign launched by Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust in March has raised £4,000.

The money will fund a tree sculpture to mark the entrance of a new nature play trail in the grounds of Cannon Hall Park & Gardens.

Our campaign, in partnership with Cannon Hall and Parks for People, aims to help families explore the great outdoors.

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, children in Britain spend just 16 minutes a day playing or exploring in parks and other open spaces. Our campaign aims to change that by providing a new outdoor nature play trail in an overgrown area of Cannon Hall Park.

As well as receiving kind donations from members of the public, we secured match funding from Crowdfund Barnsley – a scheme which provides a funding boost to community groups, charities and social enterprises which make a difference in the community.

We also received generous donations from corporate supporters and would like to say a huge thank you to AD Copley Builders, Ebsford Environmental Ltd, CD Potters & Sons Ltd, Kier Services Ltd, NPS Barnsley, Ledgard Jepson Ltd, AD Enterprise and XPO Logistics.

Margot Walker, chair of trustees at Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, said: “We wanted to give children and families the chance to explore and discover nature on their doorstep in the beautiful grounds of Cannon Hall. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who supported the campaign.”

Workshops with a sculptor will take place at Cannon Hall where those who donated £20 via the Crowdfunder website will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas to the design. More details on the workshops will be available soon.

In January 2017, Cannon Hall Park & Gardens announced that it had received £3.4m in funding from the Parks for People project – made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. The project will see key features of the parkland such as the ice house, deer shelter and gardener’s cottage restored to their former Georgian glory.

For more information about Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, or to make a donation visit our ‘Support Us‘ webpage.

Crowdfunder raises £4k for Cannon Hall play trail