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A swathe of land has been gifted to a Scouts group in Branston, enabling young people in the locality to embrace their inner ‘Bear Grylls’ and get back to nature.

The 300sq m area of land, adjacent to the 1st Branston Scouts’ existing Scout Headquarters on Main Street, has been donated to the group by landowner St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, who is currently undertaking a 175 acre regeneration project in the area.

The 1st Branston Scouts group currently caters for over 100 girls and boys from the area and this number is expected to grow as St. Modwen creates 660 new homes for the region. This land will become an important community amenity, allowing the group to host camping and outdoor skills training as endorsed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, as well as games and fundraising activities.

St. Modwen decided to gift the land having become aware of the needs of the growing scout group – it was not part of the planning requirements associated with St. Modwen’s broad regeneration work in Branston.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen said: “Our regeneration projects always have the focus of developing and improving neighbourhoods and the 1st Branston Scouts are a vibrant part of this community. Hopefully this extra land will help them to cater for their growing numbers and to continue the great youth work they do in the area.”

Scout group leader John Bowering added: “We are delighted with our new space – it will enable us to accommodate more Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and enable us to do more activities like field games and camping – at the moment we have to go elsewhere to do these things.”

St. Modwen is developing a mixed-use scheme on land south of Branston that will focus on job creation and high quality housing. The 175 acre scheme will include 770,000 sq ft of employment space across the manufacturing, storage and distribution sectors which will create around 1,500 new local jobs. In addition, a mix of 660 three, four and five bedroom family homes are under construction alongside the River Trent.