Woodlands Adventure Zone Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Thursday, 04th April 2019

Woodlands Adventure Zone Ground-Breaking Ceremony

On 28 March at Portland College, a Ground-Breaking Ceremony took place to mark the development of the Woodlands Adventure Zone. Representatives from seven organisations, that have supported the project, gathered together to break the grounds of the woodlands project and celebrate the official commencement of construction work.

CEO and Principal Mark Dale gave an outdoor speech, thanking businesses and the local community for their ongoing support throughout the initial fundraising campaign, which has made the project possible. Funding from prominent supporters such as the South Nottinghamshire LEADER funding scheme, Discover Ashfield, Nottinghamshire County Council, Mansfield Building Society, Gavin Wagstaff Builders, Robinson Timber, Sherwood Forest Trust and Ron Brooks Toyota have provided the resources to make the project plans a reality.

The Ground-Breaking Ceremony closely followed the woodlands project receiving an Active Notts, Active Place Award for its innovative plans that aim to open up the woodlands to the local community. As part of the College’s commitment to the community, the Woodlands Adventure Zone will provide free of charge programmes to local primary schools and groups supporting disadvantaged people to ensure this wonderful facility is accessible to all.

Once the woodlands development is complete the adventure zone will enclose a climbing wall, 100-metre zip line, adventure trail and bike trail, areas for group/teamwork, sensory activities, and equipment for some outdoor sports. All facilities will be fully accessible to people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The adventure zone is set to enrich the lives of those who access the facilities by providing a facility for healthy outdoor adventure, a base for team activities and provide specialist support to make the equipment accessible to everyone.

Excitement is building across the college and the Ground-Breaking event reflected this as stakeholders, staff and students gathered to mark the occasion. Work is progressing quickly in the Woodlands on the Portland College campus, with a tight schedule of planned development to be carried out over the early summer months. The paths for the adventure trail will be laid in April, closely followed by the climbing wall and zip-wire that will stretch across the centre of the adventure zone.