Orienteering trail gets an makeover

Youngsters from the NCS getting creative.
Youngsters from the NCS getting creative.

A local charity is tackling its biggest outdoor challenge to date, thanks to a huge funding boost.

Bedlington-based Leading Link has been successful with a £25,000 funding bid from SITA Trust’s Enhancing Communities Programme, to transform part of the orienteering trail at Plessey Woods in the town into a colourful and interactive experience.

The charity has already been working with local artists and young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme on a number of art installations including willow animals and clay fairies.

All of the work in the park should be completed by the end of October, with official unveiling in November.

Leading Link manager, Lyn Horton, said: “We have enjoyed a great working relationship with SITA Trust and Northumberland County Council over the last few years, and to have the opportunity to continue it through this Plessey Woods project is fantastic.

“It is something that has already involved young people and families from across Northumberland, and once completed we hope it will attract visitors from all over the north east.”