Students from Seaford College’s Combined Cadet Force completed a trial run of the new course ahead of its opening in mid-January. The free facility is part of the Armed Forces Covenant funded Forts and Fleets project, which will also include a new dog activity course, adventure play area and outdoor community space at the County Council’s largest country park near Petersfield.
Councillor Andrew Gibson, the County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “We are very proud and supportive of our Armed Forces communities. The Forts and Fleets project has been a wonderful opportunity to bring military and civilian communities together through a shared love of nature and the great outdoors. It was great to see Seaford College cadets enjoying the assault course. We’ll use their feedback to help us make small improvements ahead of its public opening in the New Year, as part of a wider £2m investment in new and improved facilities at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, to help it become more financially self sustaining.”
Major Andrew Plewes of Seaford College said: “Our learners have had a wonderful time trying out the new assault course. It’s been a good bonding experience for them, working together as a team in the fresh air whilst surrounded by some wonderful scenery. We place enormous value in our Combined Cadet Force, which teaches our students to be self-disciplined, self-reliant and self-confident. I’m sure our cadets will look forward to the next time they visit Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and test their fitness and skills once again on the assault course.”
Proposed improvements in and around the existing visitor centre funded by the County Council are due to be completed in 2019, including a bigger catering offer with more seating, a flexible hall for indoor events and for hire, better car parking and improved landscaping and shelter in the courtyard.
Hampshire County Council and partner organisations are also investing in new or improved visitor centres and play facilities at Lepe Country Park in the New Forest, Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley, Staunton Country Park at Havant and Manor Farm and River Hamble Country Park at Bursledon.