Sponsor a Metre Appeal Launched for North Lake Path

North Lake Path All Weather Surfacing Project

The Friends and Park Management are currently working hard to bring about a project to improve a significant area of the park’s paths. NCC and the Rangers wish to complete the hard surfacing of the remaining section of the North Lake Path in order to offer a complete all-weather path. This is a 500m section around the back of North Lake.

The aim is to provide opportunities for longer walks for everyone, including people in wheel chairs, especially during wetter periods of the year when the unsurfaced paths are muddy and slippery. Essentially this will give better access to the river and allow longer walks for people who are unable to use the unsurfaced paths or feel insecure on these at some times of year. A longer walk will attract additional visitors as well as provide new opportunities for existing visitors.

We have run a Signature Support Campaign for the North Lake Path Project. This was successful given our limited means of promotion. The signatures we have collected have real influence with the Big Lottery application decision process for matched funding. Thank you if you took part.

Funds Required & Funding to Date:

The total project will cost around £8,600 based on a competitive tender. We have been fortunate enough to gain generous commitments from the Bruce Wake Trust and Oundle Carnival. We shall be running another green token appeal through Waitrose Community Matters at Waitrose Oundle early 2016. To date we have commitments of around three quarters of the total cost but need to generate the remaining funds ourselves. So near and yet so far!

Our “Sponsor a Metre!” Appeal:

Sponsor a metre flyer

Sponsor a Metre Campaign Poster

We are asking any generous people who share our commitment to the Park to participate by supporting ‘SPONSOR A METRE’ to help complete the funding.

We are suggesting the following donation programme for individuals:
£5 /metre
1m = £5
2m = £10
4m = £20
Any person kind enough to Sponsor a Metre will be listed on a board along the North Lake Path. Any persons who wish to remain anonymous will be respected. Ranking on the proposed board will be by order of size of donation and within this order of commitment. No specific numbers will be listed.

We are also seeking the participation of businesses with an interest in supporting our local Park and ask them to participate as follows:
£5 /metre
10m = £50
20m = £100
40m = £200
Any business kind enough to sponsor metres will be listed on a separate board along the North Lake Path as well as in the Visitor Centre.

Tenure of Sponsors’ Board:
The Boards with sponsors will remain until weather, wear and tear make them unsightly. However, there will be a permanent record of sponsors on the Friends’ website.


  • We accept donations online via PayPal via our website – just click/tap the ‘DONATE ON-LINE button below
  • We can also accept cheques handed in at the Rangers’ Office at the Park or sent to the Park at the address at the bottom of this page – mark to attention of Head Ranger; or
  • with by BACS payments to the Friends bank account on the basis you identify who you are by e-mail.
  • We will accept cash by arrangement of receipt by a Ranger at the Park.

Friends of Barnwell Country Park (FoBCP) may use money raised from this appeal as match funding towards a grant bid for the North Lake Path, and/or to do shorter sections of path as and when practical and/or for the improvement of other pathways in the Park if this campaign is very successful.

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Our Undertaking:
Friends of Barnwell Country Park (FoBCP) may use money raised for any project in the Park which helps to improve accessibility within the Park.

All monies donated to this appeal will be the property of FoBCP and no trust is intended to be created. In the event of circumstances making it impractical to proceed (either in whole or in part) with the path proposal, FoBCP may expend any monies raised on other projects /facilities within Barnwell Country Park of general benefit to users and no refunds will be made. FoBCP will undertake to announce relevant outcomes through the Friends website and e-mail where available and other forms of media as appropriate.

For those not already Friends who choose to donate, you will automatically become a Friend of Barnwell Country Park. Friends can be any person or entity. Individuals participating will automatically be entered into our Free Parking Prize Draw.

More information available on our North Lake Park Project page.