Park installs pond-dipping platform to help Hartlepool families get closure to nature

Construction on the platform gets underway
Construction on the platform gets underway

PEOPLE can get closer to nature at a popular country park.

Summerhill Country Park has installed a new pond-dipping platform so visitors can get close with the waterborne wildlife.

Staff and volunteers with the completed platform

Staff and volunteers with the completed platform

The timber platform took seven days to construct at 100-acre park, which is run by Hartlepool Borough Council.

A mixture of staff and volunteers worked hard to build the new attraction, often spending time knee-deep in the water.

Adam Reah, activities co-ordinator at Summerhill, said: “The platform is a welcome addition to our facilities and I’d like to thank everyone who played a part in its construction.

“The pond-dipping platform is available for use by school groups visiting our site and it is helping to enhance pupils’ learning experiences by allowing them to get up close to the amphibians, insects and plants that live in and around our ponds.

“The platform will also be very useful when we stage pond-dipping sessions as part of our ongoing activities programme.”

As well as the staff and volunteers from Summerhill and the council’s Parks and Countryside Team, nine students working towards a Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College of Further Education leant a hand on two days to help build the platform.

This new attraction comes after Summerhill received a Quality Badge from the council for Learning Outside the Classroom, in recognition of its outdoor activities.

Schools wishing to find out more about educational opportunities at Summerhill should call (01429) 284584 or email: summerhill.enquiries@hartlepool.gov.uk