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Heritage trail opens to public after being boosted by Small Grant Scheme

Heritage Trail Grant

Visitors to New Lount Nature Reserve will be able to learn about and appreciate the coal mining history of the area along the heritage trail.

The project adds an additional attraction to the site which will enhance the experience for visitors to the site, and is anticipated will help to increase the number of visitors.

The Newbold Heritage Group has officially opened the trail, supported by the North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) Small Grant Scheme, which contributed £488.11 to the project.

This funding was put towards information boards located at points of interest along the trail.

The heritage trail will bring to life the history of New Lount, which was a colliery from 1924 to 1968, and retains many of the former colliery features such as the vehicle weighbridge.  This new trail will aim to connect visitors with the social and engineering heritage of the area. 

John MacDonald, Vice Chairman of the Newbold Heritage Group said:  “We are very excited to have the opportunity to tell the story of this colliery and help to bring it back to life.”

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is exactly the kind of project we are looking to support through our Small Grant Scheme, and we are delighted to see the trail now open to the public.

“Grants for up to £500 are available to community and voluntary groups in the district, to support new and innovative projects that will benefit the residents of North West Leicestershire.”

More information on how to apply for a grant can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/ grants

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