Delving into Seaton Carew’s past

The new sensory garden at Seaton Carew Park.

The new sensory garden at Seaton Carew Park.

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A PROJECT to try and discover more about the past of Seaton Carew’s park has been launched after supporters won lottery funding.

The Friends of Seaton Park, which is made up of local residents, councillors and voluntary agency workers, have teamed up with Groundwork North East to learn more about its history.

People are being encouraged to share their memories, pictures and fascinating facts about the park in Station Lane which opened to the public in the 1960s.

Lizzy Donkin, of Groundwork North East, said: “The park was officially opened in the 1960s, however there is very little documented about the opening or the early uses of the park.”

Friends of Seaton Park are calling on past and present Seaton Carew residents to help fill in the blanks.

The information will be used to create an interpretation board in the park and also a website to document the changing face of the park for years to come.

The Friends of Seaton Park are holding a drop in event at Seaton Carew Library on Saturday, May 11.

Chairman James Coils said: “We hope to be able to record the stories people want to share on the day, and we would also love to see photos or memorobilia that we can use to bring these stories to life.”

The session runs from 10am to 1pm and organisers say any information, new and old, is useful.

The friends group was formed more than two years ago to improve facilities and the environment in the park and also boost visitors.

Their biggest success so far has been the creation of a stunning sensory garden which opened last summer with funding from Heerema in Hartlepool and BP.

The park also holds a busy programme of activities for families with Hartlepool’s Wild Green Spaces team.

For more details about the history project contact Lizzy Donkin on (01642) 815663 or email elizabeth.donkin@groundwork.org.uk