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Youngsters celebrate opening of £200,000 trail in Fairlop

PUBLISHED: 15:23 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:23 13 March 2015

Cllr Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Council and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, opening the new walking and cycling trail in Fairlop. Picture: Sustrans

Cllr Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Council and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, opening the new walking and cycling trail in Fairlop. Picture: Sustrans

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Youngsters got on their bikes to celebrate the official opening of a new trail.

The new walking and cycle trail in Fairlop. Picture: SustransThe new walking and cycle trail in Fairlop. Picture: Sustrans

Thirty students from Oaks Park High School and Valentines High School cycled to Fairlop Waters Country Park for the unveiling of a walking and cycling path.

The £200,000 route was funded by the Transport for London Greenways Programme.

The children enjoyed taking part in a scavenger hunt along the mile-long route, based on the symbols carved on a new wooden sculpture by artist Jason Parker.

The themes covered include Fairlop’s history as an aerodrome during the World Wars.

The new sculpture in Fairlop. Picture: SustransThe new sculpture in Fairlop. Picture: Sustrans

Cllr Wes Streeting, Redbridge Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I’m incredibly pleased to see this path open and a celebration of the area’s history through this striking piece of public art.

“We welcome projects that help residents young and old take advantage of the excellent green spaces in the borough and we know that this is another important step in helping them do just that.”

Bryn Lockwood, project manager for transport charity Sustrans, said: “Meeting people who will benefit from the new path makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“This traffic-free path will open up more opportunities for visitors and locals to get out in the fresh air and be active.”


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