Fresh thinking on the Alcoa Fitness Trail for Barton Fields

An exciting new fitness trail is set to be installed in Cowick Barton Playing Fields. 

The trail will aim to encourage local people to become more active in order to improve their levels of health, and will incorporate standard exercise challenges, fruit trees, and some outdoor fitness equipment.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £41,620 grant from the Alcoa Foundation, and local company Alcoa Howmet.

Active Devon and Active Exeter, in partnership with Exeter City Council, will work with local communities in designing and installing the trail, which is scheduled to be ready next summer.

As part of the development of the project, community organiser Laura Robinson has been carrying out a series of community consultation events to improve Barton Fields as a community space.

In April 2015, Laura carried out a survey of local residents and communities in the surrounding area of Cowick Barton Playing Fields to understand their views, and how the Playing Fields current meets the needs of individuals and the community.

The information collected from this survey will be used to influence the shaping of the future of Barton Fields, and ensure any changes are reflective of what the local community feels would benefit them.

And the next stages of the community consultation are due over the coming week.

On Saturday 11 July 2015, Laura is running a community consultation and picnic in Barton Fields, near the Scout Hut, between 10:00 and 14:00


Working with Wild Zones, t his event will be an opportunity for all ages, to explore and express ideas,  to begin to further develop the ideas for the trail and to encourage fresh thinking by creating imaginative play spaces with natural materials.

A follow-up consultation will take the form of a Free Thinking cafe taking place on Wednesday 15th at the Air Cadets  between 19:00 and 20:30.

The idea of this will be to build on Saturday’s community consultation and the conversations will form the basis of the next steps in Barton Fields becoming a thriving community hub, and so  both organisations and residents who would like to further support the project development will have the opportunity to have a deeper and more meaningful conversation to surface some heartfelt ideas.

Do join us is in these creative conversations

For more information, contact Laura Robinson at: