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Exploring the beauty of Nene Park

With spring and summer on the way, what better way to experience the great outdoors than to get out and discover Ferry Meadows Country Park? At the heart of Nene Park in Peterborough, Ferry Meadows gives you the space to relax and experience nature with everything from woodland walks to activities on the lake. Nene Park is also home to Orton Mere and Thorpe Meadows, both of which have some wonderful walks and link the Parks together.

Whether you’re into cycling, fishing, walking, jogging, flying a kite, horse riding, riding on the Ferry meadows miniature train or relaxing – Ferry Meadows is the place to go. When in need of refreshment, stop off at one the cafés or enjoy a picnic or a barbeque in a beautiful setting. The team at Nene Outdoors can be found at Lakeside and are ready to welcome you to Gunwade Lake and a whole host of watersports activities. There’s everything from swan pedalos and kayaking to sailing and windsurfing.

There is a full events programme which runs throughout the year and the Park regularly hosts a wide range of events, which are available to book online. The Park has been designed to be accessible for everyone. Mobility scooters are available on free loan from the Visitor Centre and the paths around the central area are hard surfaced and reasonably level. In the Visitor Centre, you will find our helpful staff who are on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as a range of products for sale that make perfect gifts for friends and family.

Sadly, the Park has recently been subject to a number of vandalism attacks. This began before Christmas, where a series of racist graffiti covered signs, a play area and Milton Ferry bridge. Since then, the Park faced more challenges at the beginning of February, where the person or people who entered Ferry Meadows used saws to destroy memorial benches, fences, trees and safety equipment. They also damaged a play area used by young children and families. Since then, there has been a further attack at Thorpe Meadows near the rowing lake, where benches were sawn and an attempt to cut down signposts was made.

Nene Park Trust who manages the Park have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community. They have been inundated with donations from individuals, clubs, schools and other organisations who have donated equipment, time and expertise. A JustGiving page has been set up to help raise money for the cost of repairs following the vandalism. A very generous reward that has been made up of donations is also available for anyone who provides information that leads to a successful conviction. If you have any information to pass on, please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or the Police on 101.

The Trust would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has helped and supported through donations, they are incredibly grateful for the level of support received. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of repairs, you can either make it online at www.justgiving.com/nene-park or pop into the Visitor Centre or Nene Outdoors in the Park.

Despite this, the Park is still as beautiful as ever and staff are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Park over the coming months. There are plenty of exciting events on the way, all of which can be found and booked online through www.neneparktrust.org.uk

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