Media release - issued 29 Jul 2019

Museum and Land Trust receive grant boost from airport fund

Exciting new projects at Aldershot Military Museum and Wellesley Woodlands are the latest to benefit from grants from the Farnborough Airport Community Environmental Fund

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet, meeting on Tuesday 23 July, approved a £15,000 grant for the Hampshire Cultural Trust to install a replica World War Two assault course at the museum, and £2,500 for the Land Trust to run the Go Wild Family Challenge in Wellesley Woodlands.

The planned assault course at the museum is part of a wider project that will also include a field camp picnic area and veterans' garden, designed to improve the visitor experience at the museum in Queens Avenue. Alongside the assault course will be interpretation boards to help visitors understand the soldiers' training regimes.

Throughout the project the museum will be working closely with others, including local schools, community groups and Aldershot Garrison, to make the area engaging for all.

The Go Wild Family Challenge, running throughout August, will be organised by rangers at the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership (BVCP), which manages the Wellesley Woodlands for the Land Trust. Rangers will visit one of the trail sites each week and hand out challenge sheets and encourage visitors to complete the activities.

The challenge, which is aimed at families with children under the age of 12, will build on the existing popular brass-rubbing trail, providing a wider range of activities on site.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Operational Services, said: "We are happy to make funds available for these two excellent projects.

"The project at the military museum will showcase an important part of our military heritage and it's great that the local community will be fully involved as it develops. When it's finished this will be a major educational resource for children and adults alike.

"The Go Wild Family Challenge will encourage families and young people to learn about nature and ecology and the importance of woodlands, while keeping everyone active in the fresh air."

The airport fund is open to groups based within three miles of Farnborough Airport and grants can be given to community or environment-based projects, which improve green or open spaces, natural habitats or activities with an emphasis on outdoor education.

More information about the airport fund and other grants administered by the council is available on our grants pages.

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