• John Latham

Path Resurfacing Works Improve Access At Tumbledown Community Project

Visitors to Tumbledown community project will benefit from improved access across the site, thanks to a partnership between Weymouth Town Council, dedicated volunteers, Dorset Council highways team and Hanson UK.
Around 60 tonnes of planings, which are the remnants from a cycleway scheme at Radipole Park Drive were donated to Tumbledown. The main zig-zag paths, which snake through the site have been resurfaced to make a solid permeable surface for wheelchair-users and pedestrians to use.
The town council has been transforming the Tumbledown site into a community asset. From food grown on site by locals for the local veg box scheme to the community grow spaces available for community groups and charities to grow crops. The perfect location to help people improve their well-being and enjoy being out in the fresh air and with nature.
There is a forest school facility used by children, their parents and carers. Also an active Friends' group who regularly run events and helping people learn new skills outside.

Cllr Jon Orrell, Weymouth Town Council's spokesperson for Tumbledown, said: "My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has worked on the access paths, from the volunteers who carved out the initial zig-zags through the fields, to the crews who did the resurfacing work. This has provided greater accessibility for all and reduces water run-off from the fields and is another great step forward in transforming the old farm into a unique place for the benefit of many in the local community."
Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, added: "We're pleased to be able to support this community project, which helps promote health and well-being, as well as offering opportunities for residents to try new things and learn new skills."
There are some Community Grow Spaces plots available this year for community groups to grow vegetables and fruits. Contact Clive Tuck, Tumbledown Development Project Manager at: clivetuck@weymouthcouncil.gov.uk.

For more information visit Tumbledown's facebook page (@tumbledowncommunityproject) or website: Tumbledown - Weymouth Town Council
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