Westmead Activity Centre – a unique and exciting new facility for Chippenham.
The climbing centre plans include interior & exterior climbing walls, bouldering and changing areas.
The skatepark will be adjacent to the climbing centre and will include additional landscaping and seating.
Indoor & Outside Café
The Café areas provide a perfect place for relaxing whilst viewing the activities &/or taking a walk in the nearby parkland.
A Climbing Centre and Skate Park for Chippenham
Five new sports are being introduced to the next Olympics. Skateboarding and Sport Climbing are two of them. The new Westmead Activity Centre will ensure that Chippenham will be at the forefront of bringing these sports to our area.
“Climbing is a wonderful community-minded sport that is growing in popularity. I’m so glad that Chippenham is considering a dedicated centre, as the only nearby gyms are in Bristol and Swindon. This climbing centre would be a great addition to the area; providing additional leisure activities for people of all ages, while encouraging sport and healthy lifestyles”.
“This offers an incredible opportunity for local residents of all ages to enjoy and also to encourage others to the town from further afield therefore boosting the local economy. It’s about time the younger generations of Chippenham and its surrounding community had a bit more to do ‘outdoors'”.
“There are few healthy activities for young people in Chippenham, we have to pay for regular football, ballet and rugby membership for our children. This would be an invaluable resource for children and their families to enjoy and people would pop into the shops or a cafe afterwards so great for bringing people into the town!”
The Borough Lands
The Westmead Activity Centre is being built by Chippenham Borough Lands Charity. The centre is being built on Westmead Playing Field in Chippenham which is land that is also owned by our charity. The Borough Lands are all within walking distance of the new climbing centre, skate park and cafe area and are maintained for community use.
Westmead Open Space
The Charity’s land to the west of Pewsham Way known as Westmead Open Space has recieved lots of attention over the last few years. Thousands of new trees were planted with help from Chippenham residents, schools and other organisations and these are beginning to take hold.
Mortimores Wood is both a designated County Wildlife Site and Local Nature Reserve. It is a small area of Ancient woodland with a recorded history extending back over 800 years. Owned by CBLC but managed by the Mortimores Wood Volunteers, it houses a diversity of plant and bird life only found in such old woodlands.
The Open Space is now accessible to people with disabilities and pushchairs with an extended car park off Pewsham Way and a crushed stone surfaced path with widened gateway to enable people to access the open parkland. We have plans to further develop the facilities and pathways at the Open Space for community use.
Tree Sculpture Trail
The owl sculpture welcomes visitors to Westmead Open Space and celebrates a thriving partnership between CBLC and Wiltshire College & University Centre. He will shortly be joined by other beautiful wooden statues that were designed by children from Chippenham schools but made by a local sculptor. The wooden sculptures will form a short woodland trail designed for families to enjoy.
Baydons Meadow is a field beside the river Avon, just a few minutes walk from the centre of Chippenham in Wiltshire. Whilst the meadow is owned by CBLC, the continued commitment and work from the Baydons Meadow volunteer group has transformed the scrubland into a hay meadow. Many species of butterfly and other invertebrates are seen over the meadow, together with birds in the hedge and trees. A lovely spot for walk in nature.
The Open Space is home to a wide range of plants, trees and wildlife. Sighting have included birds such as Red Kites, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Greenfinches and Linnets.
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