On a wonderful sunny October afternoon, many of those who had been involved in the Stepping Forward Project were joined by local families in Troopers Hill Field to celebrate the completion of the project. The Field waymarker, with the Community Spaces plaque, was unveiled by Sally Oldfield who as Local Nature Reserves officer played an important part in forming Friends of Troopers Hill in 2003.
Following the unveiling and press photography, Martin Maudsley led a walking storytelling tour of the Woodland and the Hill, which included seeing the 'dream catchers' installed by pupils of Air Balloon Hill School the previous day. The stories included Mr Truebody, a red dragon with a gold earring called Flame and a lizard emerging from the broom on the Path of Gloom before a happy ever after ending.
Back on the Field Peter Margerum was leading a craft session making musical instruments from copper pipe and other items inspired by the Hill's history.
The Stepping Forward Project has been funded through the Community Spaces Programme. The Community Spaces grants programme is being managed by Groundwork UK as an Award Partner to the Big Lottery Fund. Community Spaces is part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces initiative.
Find out more about the Stepping Forward Project at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/steppingforward