A Leyland charity has benefitted from more than £100,000 of National Lottery funding being dished out to a host of Lancashire community groups, schools and clubs.
The Ulnes Walton Bridleways Association is planning to use the £8,000 grant to continue its mission of extending a multi-use track in Moss Side.
“We have been very lucky. We have a lot of horse riders in the Leyland area and now they will be able to ride safely.”Janet Berry , club secretary for the bridleways association
The group has already pumped more than £20,000 into revamping the Malt Kiln Fold Bridleway to create a safer place for horse riders, and they will use the new funds to extend the road.
The track is also ideal for walkers, joggers and cyclists, and the plan is to create a loop around the whole site.
It ties in with a £300,000 scheme to improve the Moss Side playing fields area with better sporting facilities, a new car park and a children’s play area.
Club secretary for the bridleways association Janet Berry said: “It is great because the money will make a massive difference.
“The money will be used to extend the bridleway. It will help spectators get to Leyland Warriors’ rugby club pitches and help people access the sports pitches easier.
“The money will have a positive impact on the community.
“We have been very lucky. We have a lot of horse riders in the Leyland area and now they will be able to ride safely.
“The group was set up to make a safer area for horse riders after a horse died on a Leyland road.”
The £8,000 will specifically be used to clear part of the bridleways route which has been overcome with vegetation in a bid to connect the route to the sports pitches, car park through some woodland.
Other organisations to benefit from the funding include a men’s health forum, and a youth group in Chorley, and a number of schools in Preston.
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund deputy director for England, said: “These awards are all about supporting people taking the lead to make a positive change in their local areas.”