Club awarded over £9,000 to fund activities

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A youth club has received a grant of more than £9,000 from the Big Lottery Fund so youngsters can continue to learn skills through fun activities down at their local wood.

The £9,481 award to Friends of Ashington Community Woodland is one of 41 grants awarded across the region from the Big Lottery Fund’s grants scheme Awards For All, which gives grants of up to £10,000 to projects that can make a big difference to people’s lives.

The grant for the Junior Rangers club at the woodland will be used to train volunteer leaders, provide outdoor events, equipment for a forest classroom and fun educational activities.

Dennis Turner, chairman of Friends of Ashington Community Woodland, said: “We aim to introduce children to woodland and get them involved in fun but educational activities like shelter building, bug hunts, pond dipping and woodland art.

“It’s all about encouraging them to learn through play.

“I think the activity they enjoy the most is building camp fires from which they can then cook sausages and toast marshmallows.

“We have a good mixture of boys and girls, aged between eight and 13, and are happy for more to join us.

“We are also looking for more adult volunteers and anyone interested in helping out with woodland management.”

Alison Rowe, from the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Our Awards for All small grants will make a big difference to thousands of lives across the region.”