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Improving The HAPPA Visitor Experience

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March 4, 2022

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The HAPPA Team is thrilled to share news of improvements to pathways at the Farm, which will be starting next week.

Many of you will remember our appeal for help to secure funding for developments to the walkways around the site, to improve accessibility for all. Through a grant application, HAPPA were awarded funding by The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) to make this project a reality.

an image of the pathway to HAPPA reception

The pathway in front of Reception and that which leads from The Fussy Filly around the back of the site to access the viewing field will be made into a tarmac pathway to improve accessibility.

This has been made possible by The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) which is a partnership between Suez Recycling and Recovery Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures.

The Fund is financed by Landfill Communities Fund, donations from Suez Recycling and Recovery Ltd together with a contribution from Lancashire County Council.

Organisations can apply for funding for environmental and community initiatives which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire.

Projects to date have included improvements to community facilities, environmental education, general environmental improvements, creation and management of habitats, improvements to parks, gardens, open spaces, play areas, recreational facilities, ponds, canals, rivers, and biodiversity.

Julie Pharaoh-Gan, HAPPA’s Head of Marketing and Fundraising says “We cannot thank LEF enough for not only considering our project but helping HAPPA to make it happen. Looking back to when we first developed the site and the recent changes in Reception and The Fussy Filly, HAPPA has come a long way. However we recognise that there are always ways in which we can make the visitor experience a little more pleasurable, we just need the funds to be able to make this progress.

This project is another huge milestone in the Farm’s improvements and I am delighted that we are working alongside Monk of Colne to make this happen.

Of course, there will be a little disruption for visitors coming to see us over the next few weeks, but we are keeping this as minimal as possible. We will still be open and cannot wait for you all to see the new pathways.”

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