Friends of Ham Hill celebrate grant from the Prime Foundation

The Friends of Ham Hill have been given a financial boost, with a portion of funding from the Prime Foundation which will aid in the creation of projects and groups that will improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

The Prime Foundation made an appeal earlier this year for good causes in Yeovil to come forward and apply for a share of £8,000 worth of grant funding; after reviewing all of the applications, the charity has chosen to support Friends of Ham Hill, amongst others.

The Friends of Ham Hill is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping the ranger team to look after and improve Ham Hill Country Park. With funding secured, they can now create a children's adventure trail activity leaflet to encourage families to be led on adventures by their youngest members. The money will also expand the orienteering course at the park to cover the whole of the site.

Mick Wooden, Chairman of the Friends of Ham Hill said: "The Friends thank the Prime Foundation for their generous grant. Ham Hill (the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe) is a wonderful resource for people across a wide area. The grant will enable us to bring to life the diverse history, geology and wildlife of this unique greenspace and encourage families to be led on adventures by their younger members. It will also help us expand the existing orienteering course so that it covers the whole of the site. This would involve designing marker positions, creation of a new map and installation of new markers across the site."

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council, added: "Thanks to the Prime Foundation, the Friends of Ham Hill group are able to use the grant funding for projects that will enable more people to enjoy the outdoors and visit the wonderful green space that Ham Hill provides."

The Prime Foundation is a registered charity which provides further investment in communities where Prime has built a new facility. When a project is completed, Prime donates a proportion of its profits to the Foundation, which then distributes the money as grants to local initiatives or groups.

Hannah Cashmore from the Prime Foundation said: "We had an overwhelming response from groups and projects in and around Yeovil to our funding appeal this summer, and eventually narrowed it down to three worthy causes. The projects are all very unique and will promote education and well-being across different parts of the community, from young people and families to older and isolated people. We look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition over the coming months and to see what a difference the funding has made."

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Above: Rangers and volunteers working to construct the new woodland play zone at Ham Hill Country Park.