Bridging Black Beck

Bridging Black Beck

Although not quite on the same scale as the new Queensberry Crossing, Dean Parish Council are no less excited to see their new bridge in Ullock Community Woodland open to the public. The footbridge has been installed thanks to a grant of £5,400 from the Potato Pot Community Fund.

Although only 9 metres in length, the wooden bridge which spans Black Beck is particularly important as it has created a new circular footpath through the woodland which is a popular local spot for walkers, dog walkers and joggers.

Dean Parish Councillor, Ray Perry said: “This grant from the Potato Pot Fund Community has provided us with a new access over Black Beck into the Community Wood. This now provides a circular walk through the wood. Previously, access was only possible from a small entrance hidden at the rear of the adjacent garages. With this new and obvious access more people will, I am sure, be able to use this wonderful community asset.”

The Potato Pot Community Fund was launched in April 2016 and has £18,900 available for local community projects each year. Groups located within a 4km radius of the Potato Pot wind farm near Branthwaite in West Cumbria (please follow the link below to view a map of the eligible funding area) can apply for amounts between £250 and £9,000.

Groups who are looking for funding should not delay as the 2017 application deadline is just weeks away being Wednesday, 4 October 2017. For more information about the Fund and how to apply, please click here

Liz Payne from GrantScape said: “It’s great to see the bridge installed. Bridging the stream will open up a new route through the woodland which should encourage the local community to make the best use of this beautiful area.”

If you would like to discuss a potential application with Liz, she can be contacted directly on 01282 543775 or