A PROPOSAL is being developed to turn Leamington’s Newbold Comyn into a pioneering centre for health and wellbeing.
Warwick District Council launched a public consultation last summer on the way forward for the 300-acre country park following the closure of the golf course at the end of 2017.
A number of option were put forward – everything from various different golf options, to an outdoor activity centre, to extending the Leam Valley Nature Reserve.
Leamington Society members Jef Aartse-Tuyn and Michael Bunney have now drawn up a proposal to create a centre for health and wellbeing.
The idea, which would look to make use of currently empty buildings, aims to build on Leamington’s spa resort heritage to help improve both the physical and mental well-being of townspeople.
Proposals include improving habitat for wildlife and creating a programme of wildlife-related activities, and also developing a range of exercise and activities for all ages and abilities.
There would also be a focus on diet and food production, which could include demonstration areas such as an allotment to allow people to learn more about growing their own food.
Other ideas include highlighting traditional countryside and rural skills, together with future technologies and alternative energy sources to tackle the growing threat to the natural environment.
Writing in the latest Leamington Society newsletter, Jef and Michael said: “Well researched evidence shows that engaging with the natural environment brings benefits to all aspects of health, including mental health and obesity. This proposal would encourage engagement through a range of practical activities.
“Regarding health and wellbeing, the proposal has the potential to deliver substantial commercial benefits.
“Change will only come about through education, learning and communication. Education from an early age should be at the heart of this project.”
Council chiefs – who have ruled out any sort of housing development at Newbold Comyn – are set to consider all options again in the summer following further analysis of options, including costs.