Countryside and coast highlighted

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SUMMERHILL features highly in a new leaflet highlighting Hartlepool's coast and countryside.

The Wild About Hartlepool leaflet has been produced by Hartlepool Borough Council's countryside team to promote its 2011 programme of Countryside – and Wild Green Spaces Events and the park, off Catcote Road, is highlighted in the new publication.

It provides a month-by-month guide to events such as guided walks, seal watches, wildlife discovery activities and volunteer taster days.

There is information on the town's six Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) – the Hart to Haswell Walkway, Greatham Beck, Seaton Common and Dunes, Spion Kop Cemetery, Hart Warren Dunes and Summerhill – along with details of the network of "friends" groups operating across the town and a list of useful telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

There are also sections on the council's Beach Lifeguard Service, the Hartlepool Natural History Society and the Tees Valley Local Access Forum.

The leaflet is being funded by Natural England through its Access to Nature initiative, part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme.

Copies are available from a variety of places, including the reception area at Hartlepool Civic Centre, the Tourist Information Centre in Church Square, Hartlepool Central Library in York Road and Summerhill Visitor Centre.

People wishing to book events featured in the leaflet can now do so online by going to