Beauty spot near Conisbrough Castle gets new play gear

A bench on Mill Piece in Conisbrough
A bench on Mill Piece in Conisbrough

A group of conservationists from Conisbrough are hoping to attract more tourists to the area after installing the latest addition to a local beauty spot.

New Trim Trail wooden play and exercise equipment has been installed on part of Mill Piece – a nature area next to Conisbrough Castle – thanks to community group Entour.

Entour chairman, Leon Clemitshaw, said: “The Trim Trail, which is about 20 metres long, marks a key achievement in the group’s initial aims.

“The equipment was bought with £15,000 from Waste Recycling and Environmental (WREN) Community Fund, £500 from the local Rotary Club, £2,000 from the local Community Fund, £800 from Landscape Partnerships – part of the Dearne Valley fund and some from Entour – which is an amalgamation of the words Environment and Tourism – itself.”

Leon said the new equipment and the park were officially opened by local Scout leader, David Holland, who had been in the movement for the past 50 years and someone who had been his leader when he was a cub scout as a boy.

He said that Entour had been formed by him and a like-minded group of volunteers about 10 years ago and said the group had been selflessly working on the site for all that time.

He added that by restoring the Mill Piece area Entour wanted to encourage more people to explore Conisbrough’s amazing history and natural beauty.

He further added: “very few people have done more for the children of Conisbrough than David Holland. In fact it was with David that I first started working alongside on the Mill Piece when I was a Cub.”

The Mill Piece had already seen a major boost to its visitor figures from the success of the Tour de Yorkshire community celebration on the site in partnership with the ‘Conisbrough Music Fest’ volunteers.

Leon said: “With the new equipment we only expect this to increase.”