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All funding now in place for community woods

Objective One has approved the final element of investment of £27,000 today for the Platt in Illogan, through their delegated Rural Key Fund.

Improvements to the Platt area of Illogan will start in January and will be finished in spring 2004. The project will vastly improve the most prominent area of the village and complement the overall regeneration strategy for Illogan. The Platt will be the entrance area to Maningham Wood, a community woodland that will provide activities for the whole community whilst conserving and fostering the natural environment. The Maningham Wood project will be developed in tandem with the Platt and combined they will be a great community asset for the people of Illogan.

David Ballinger, Chairman of Illogan Regeneration Group says, "We are looking forward to starting the New year with the funding in place. Hopefully in the early part of the year the undergrowth will be removed so that everyone will start to see the whole project as its going.

I think that this will be a triumph for the village itself and will boost not only the community spirit of the village but also increase visitors which in turn will have a knock on effect on local businesses. It will also reveal to those that are in the area that Illogan is a very beautiful place, which is something we have always known!"

The project is part of the wider Maningham Woods Doorstep Green scheme. This has been developed by Illogan Parish Regeneration Group through extensive consultation, with assistance from the Tin Country Partnership Community Regeneration Team.

Scott James, Community Regeneration Officer says, "It is a great success for the people of Illogan to have such a development take place in the centre of the village. It was only 12 months ago that local people attended the consultation event to say what they would like to see in Maningham Wood and the Platt, and in the spring residents and visitors will be able to experience this community woodland. With the work of the Friends of Maningham Wood there will be significant long term benefits for all local people who would like to be involved in the woodland's future."

For more information please contact:

Scott James
Community Regeneration Officer
01209 614063


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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

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