THE COLCHESTER BOMA 7
In 2012, Walk Colchester were winners of a £6,275 NatWest Community Force award towards purchase of a BOMA all-terrain chair for the Colchester community. The award 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 which are 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 and diverse countryside on an equal basis with non-disabled walkers and cyclists.
Over he past year (2019-2020), we have been grateful to local companies Barron's Building Services and Smart Networked Environments for their generous support of the BOMA Project. It is this sponsorship that allows us to insure, service and maintain the BOMA each year, keeping it out and about in the park for all to enjoy.
"You've got to get out and walk!" Jane Jacobs
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 (enquiries from individuals, groups and organizations are all welcome).
The BOMA 7, making the countryside accessible at High Woods Country Park
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