Lenni launches free family audio tour

A TEENAGER from Emersons Green has created an audio tour to help people discover more about the fascinating places on their doorsteps.

Lenni Langreiter has created the Emersons Green Audio Tour as part of his work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

With help from dad Marcus and support from local historians, South Gloucestershire Council, Emersons Green Town Council and Staple Hill & Mangotsfield Parish Council, Lenni has created a 3.7-mile route with 14 points of local interest, from relics of the area’s mining and chocolate production heritage to giant earth sculptures.

The 15-year-old Winterbourne Academy student devised the free guided audio tour to give families an activity over the summer, providing both exercise and a chance to learn something more about the places they pass every day.

Starting outside Emersons Green Library, the 90-minute circular route is brought alive through commentary and interviews that people can hear by scanning QR codes with a smartphone.

The codes can be found on green and orange signs placed along the walking route, which covers Emersons Green Park, Mangotsfield, Rodway Common, Mangotsfield Station, Pomphrey Hill, The Dramway and cycle path.

The audio will be accessible between July 1 and September 30.

Lenni said: “It’s my second year of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“It was a challenge to find a six-month volunteering placement, so with the support of Emersons Green Town Council and local history groups, we created our own unique project.

“I’m so grateful for everyone’s help.”

Maps of the route and more information can be found online at emersonsgreenaudiotour.com.

Lenni and his family have funded the project, and have set up an online donation page where any walkers or sponsors who would like to help towards the costs can make a contribution.

Donations received will contribute to the production costs and a camp in Kenya which Lenni will attend next year as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Gofundme site can be found at tinyurl.com/bde4j6r5.