£10,000 for outdoor fun

George Townsley (six), Lexie Townsley (four), manager of Hartlepool Clever Clogs Jeanette Steele and Andrea Townsley (right)

George Townsley (six), Lexie Townsley (four), manager of Hartlepool Clever Clogs Jeanette Steele and Andrea Townsley (right)

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YOUNGSTERS are getting ready for a summer of fun following a £10,000 investment at their nursery.

The new owners of the Clever Clogs Day Nursery, in Throston Grange Lane, Hartlepool, are transforming the current garden into a safe, educational and relaxing space where children can learn about the environment and develop a love of the great outdoors.

The garden’s design will boast play and educational facilities, including a vegetable garden where children will be taught about the health benefits of and how to grow fresh vegetables.

There will also be child-friendly chalk boards and a log pile where they can search for creepy crawlies.

In addition, the garden will include a sandpit, performance stage, playhouse and decking area, imbedded tyres, digging areas and flower potting areas.

The existing metal fencing will be covered in willow to add privacy and locked gates added to increase security in the nursery garden.

Andrea Townsley, founder of the Clever Clogs Nursery chain, which includes two other nurseries in Durham, said: “Having invested a lot of time and money in decorating the whole nursery, investing in new toys and training staff since we took over the nursery in February, it is great to see the garden starting to take shape and the final piece of our jigsaw fitting into place just in time for the summer.

“We aim to mirror our philosophies of exploration, growth, learning and physical development in our outdoor space so we designed the facilities to enable the children to learn about the environment, while also providing areas for them to play and exercise, which are essential to healthy child development.”