Buckinghamshire is the latest area to benefit from a grant as part of the delivery of HS2.
The HS2 Minister, Nusrat Ghani, has announced that Wendover Woods Recreational Development project near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire will be created thanks to a £450,000 grant.
It is the latest and most significant investment for any single project up to now for the £40 million HS2 Phase One Community and Environment Fund (CEF), and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF).
This funding, part of a £45 million investment from the government, will benefit community projects along the HS2 route and provide a legacy of improvements.
The extra £5 million will benefit communities along HS2 Phase 2a route from Midlands to Crewe.
Thanks to this £450,000 funding, Wendover Woods will benefit from a new woodland hub, adventure trail, cafe and parking for 600 visitors.
As well as this development in Buckinghamshire, the investment will support a range of projects such as refurbishment of community centres and nature conservation. Not only will this help with the preservation of the area, but will also drive the economy in these local areas, bringing businesses and jobs.
Ms Ghani visited the site where this new woodland hub will be built. She is excited about the projects that will come to fruition in the coming years thanks to the funds.
“HS2 will be the backbone of our national rail network – supporting growth and regeneration and helping us build a Britain fit for the future.
“Whilst we know there will be disruption as we deliver one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects, we are absolutely committed to minimising the effects of building the new railway.
“It is great to see so many local projects such as the Wendover Woods recreational development project benefit from this fund, helping even more people access and enjoy our beautiful countryside.
“Funding such as CEF and BLEF will help to ensure that the legacy of HS2 is shared by everyone for generations to come.”