Villages boosted by heritage trail

Members of the Parish Council at Westwoodside, including chairman David Knowles (r), stand next to a sign for the Haxey Parish Heritage Trail, next to Westwoodside pond. Picture: Andrew Roe
Members of the Parish Council at Westwoodside, including chairman David Knowles (r), stand next to a sign for the Haxey Parish Heritage Trail, next to Westwoodside pond. Picture: Andrew Roe
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The signs have cost £4,600 with 96 per cent of the funding coming via North Lincolnshire Council’s LEADER programme.

Haxey Parish Council chairman David Knowles explained the trail idea came about following the 2012 parish plan which consulted residents on a wide range of issues.

The environment was one of these issues and Coun Knowles said the parish wanted to maintain its strong links with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

In 2011 Westwoodside Playing Field was recognised with a CPRE award and the parish organises regular floral displays and flower troughs.

“The heritage trail came about because the parish is quite big and very popular with walkers and we didn’t want to be seen as a dormitory village,” he added. “There are a lot of footpaths and we also see cyclists and horse riders.

“There’s a lot of history in these villages and we want to give people the opportunity to take this all in, in some context, thus the trail.”

Information on each sign has also been provided by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Coun Knowles added: “We have some spectacular fauna and flora in this part of the world and we don’t want people to miss out on learning about it.

“This trail highlights history, geography, wildlife and the environment. People from the area and outside will benefit.”

Leaflets which echo the information contained in trail signs will also be placed in shops and places of interest.

“Hopefully the trail will improve facilities which we are trying to provide for both visitors and residents, giving them a more pleasant experience of Haxey Parish,” added Coun Knowles.

The Northern Lincolnshire Local Action Group awarded Haxey Parish Council a £4,600 grant to help create the trail.

Funding was available through the Northern Lincolnshire LEADER Programme which is jointly funded by Defra and the EU as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

Axholme central ward member and leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Coun Liz Redfern, said: “The Haxey Parish Heritage Trail is a great asset that enables residents and visitors to celebrate and promote the history and traditions of the area.”