The e50K Bramble Woods project in Catterick is turning a patch of Defence land into a thriving community space.

It’s the first project of its kind within the Defence estate. Defence Infrastructure Organisation, through Amey and with the support of garrison command, gifted e50K with management of the 3.5-hectare site to establish a space for the whole community.

e50K is a social enterprise made up of armed forces spouses and partners from across the country and works to improve the lives of military families. “It’s our belief that no one is better at creating improvements for our community than the people who actually live, work and play within it,” explains e50K’s Head of Communities Catherine Clapham. “As custodians of Bramble Woods, e50K has secured funding to develop the site, including renovation works, community allotment spaces, flora and fauna conservation and to put on a range of family events.”

Growing the network

The team at e50K has ambitions to create a network of projects across the country which provide opportunities for employment, education, enterprise and engagement for armed forces families, as well as combat social isolation. The site at Bramble Woods already employs four army spouses and has a growing team of volunteers. “Bramble Woods is open to everyone,” adds Catherine. “It’s a beautiful place for a walk or a picnic, or to toast marshmallows around the firepit. “There are many exciting plans for the coming year, the whole site will be transformed as the team continues to work on regeneration; restoring wildlife, developing the allotment site and providing a range of events including forest schools and outdoor theatre.”

Volunteer Sophie said: “When I moved to Catterick as a first time military spouse, I was so lonely. However, e50K has helped to overcome anxieties, build my confidence, encourage my involvement in the community and make new friends in the area.”

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