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Age UK Devon is delighted to have received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to work in partnership with the Forestry Commission to develop a range of facilities for older people visiting Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Age UK Devon and the Forestry Commission share the goal of increasing the number of older people taking part in regular exercise.  The organisations worked in partnership to successfully secure over £160,000 from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to develop a range of new facilities to attract older visitors.

These include the addition of new shorter, fully accessible walking trails, nature hides and a new tent space where people can enjoy activities such as yoga.  There will also be more seating areas and increased interpretation about the wildlife that lives in the forest.  In addition a new parkrun will be set up. 

Age UK Devon and the Forestry Commission have been working together for some time to create opportunities for older people to enjoy what Haldon Forest Park has to offer.  This is an excellent fit for our ‘Active in Later Life’ programme which seeks to create opportunities for older people to get active in a way that includes a social opportunity.

Sophie Littlewood, Chief Executive at Age UK Devon says: “We are delighted to be working with the Forestry Commission to create these wonderful facilities and opportunities at Haldon Forest Park.  We hope that more older people will be able to enjoy what Haldon has to offer and benefit from the real health and wellbeing benefits that being active in nature bring.”

Louise Cornish, Recreation Business Officer for the Forestry Commission adds: “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to work with Age UK Devon to deliver some excellent facilities that will appeal to an older audience.”

All the new features should be in place by 2019. 

Click here for information on Haldon Forest Park

 

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development :

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