A new project to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Avon Valley Park in Hanham has been officially unveiled by Councillor Ian Blair, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, following a £39,000 grant from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB).
The project has restored the Panorama Walk, a picturesque cliff top path and viewpoint overlooking the Avon Gorge. Established in 1957 when the Avon Valley Park was first opened, the Panorama Walk had fallen into disrepair and required urgent work to make the location accessible to visitors.
The grant from CETB funded the replacement of existing cliff top fencing, clearance works, new signage and access paths. In addition, a newly created seating area has established a focus point at the summit providing panoramic views over the valley. South Gloucestershire Council's Community Spaces team provided the designs for the project in support of the Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands.
Robin Champion, Secretary of the Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands , said: "We are incredibly grateful to Cory Environmental Trust in Britain for funding our project to restore the Panorama Walkway. The project has made this beautiful area more accessible to a great number of people who are now able to enjoy the fantastic vista and views across the valley."
Located within the Avon Valley Woodlands nature reserve, the Panorama Walk forms part of Avon Valley Park. The surrounding woodlands are home to a wide variety of wildlife and are an ideal location for people of all abilities to enjoy getting closer to nature.
Angela Haymonds, CETB Trust Secretary, said: "The Trustees were delighted to fund the restoration of the Panorama Walk. Thanks to the new viewing area more people will be able to take in the scenery and the wonderful views of the River Avon."