THE COLCHESTER BOMA 7
In 2012, Walk Colchester won a £6,275 NatWest Community Force award towards purchase of a BOMA all-terrain chair for the Colchester community. This was subsequently match-funded by Colchester Catalyst Charity, making the BOMA project finally a reality. Ever since, the BOMA has been transforming the leisure time of disabled and older walkers, for whom 400 acres of park and woodland are now open for play!
What’s so special about the BOMA and why is it needed?
For many mobility-restricted walkers, access to the countryside is limited to so-called ‘easy-access’ trails, few in number, and inevitably restricted in their terrain and landscape interest. The BOMA opens the landscape right up, offering disabled and older walkers the real possibility of accessing our beautiful, diverse countryside on an equal basis with non-disabled walkers and cyclists.
Our Project Sponsors
Our grateful thanks to The Tudwick Foundation and Magic Little Grants for their awards in 2020, and to Barrons Building Services and Smart Networked Environments who sponsored the Colchester BOMA 7 in 2019.
We are currently seeking sponsors for the next 2-year period. If you would like to see your company name here and promoted across our social media platforms, we'd love to hear from you!
Access to the Countryside for All
Covid notice: to all BOMA users and supporters
Over the winter and at this time of heightened concern over covid-19, we are taking the BOMA out of action until spring 2021 and will use this time for some maintenance and general tlc (she is now 8!).
HOWEVER, we do have some lovely news...
We are delighted to report on two recent funding grants that will give the Colchester BOMA a new lease of life in 2021-2022: a £2,000 award from local charity, The Tudwick Foundation and, hot on its heels, £500 from Magic Little Grants
We are so grateful, especially at this time, when access to the outdoors and our green environment is more vital than ever to physical and mental wellbeing.
ABOUT THE COLCHESTER BOMA
If you are a lover of the countryside but can’t get out into it as easily as you’d like, whether on account of disability, injury or older age, the Colchester BOMA 7 is here for your use, making the countryside accessible at High Woods Country Park (enquiries from individuals, groups and organizations are all welcome).
The BOMA is available at the park for new and occasional users on open afternoons (weather dependent!) and by individual arrangement from April through until October. Meet: Visitor Centre, Turner Road. All are welcome, but please be in touch first to book.
The BOMA is also available by individual arrangement through the autumn and winter months, subject to our availability.
To book a time, or just to find out a bit more first, whether for yourself or somebody you know, please be in touch
Off-road, all-terrain, barrier-free, no compromise countryside!