A charitable organisation has opened a hub at Burrs Country Park in Bury as it moves forward with plans to help people with improving their health.

The Sunnywood Project took on the site, which is just within an entrance to the park at an end terrace property of a row of houses on Stock Street, in late December. 

The non-profit arts and nature education provider has been renovating the property, which used to be a ranger site owned by the council, for the past six weeks and unveiled its fresh new look on Friday.

The team welcomed guests inside to see the venue, which will be used to provide a range of exciting opportunities to promote embracing the outdoors for mental, physical and social wellbeing.

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Partners, volunteers, trustees and representatives of the community joined the opening event and Bury North MP James Daly was invited to cut the ribbon.

Education and youth service director of the organisation, Marc Young, said: “We started in August 2020 and the idea was that we would use the outdoors to support young people.

“But we realised that not only young people were benefitting from it, but a lot of adults have come on our adventures too aka the zombie walk we held last October.

“All these things we do help fund the activities we provide for young people.

“We also make sure that the Duke of Edinburgh is accessible for all children, if they can’t afford it, they can come and do it with us.”

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Inside the hub is a classroom where children can take part in activities and a kitchen.

And upstairs there is a counselling room that can be used for one-to-one sessions as well as an office space.

Marc added: “When I think about it now, I don’t know how we did it, we went for two years without anything but somehow you just find a way.”

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The Sunnywood Project has various upcoming events which can be found on their website, and with their new hub being in the heart of Burrs, children can be taken out into the countryside for activities in the future.

Mr Daly said: “The Sunnywood Project do absolutely incredible work for young people and the community.

“It was an honour to open their hub following the recent renovation works and I look forward to seeing their future plans to help young people experience the great outdoors come to fruition.”

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