Get involved in park life

Ward Jackson Park Keeper Tony Corr at the side of the park lake Picture by FRANK REID. IRN
Ward Jackson Park Keeper Tony Corr at the side of the park lake Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

A FRESH appeal has been issued for residents of Hartlepool to get involved in an exciting new environmental project.

They are being invited to attend a series of “welcome” events during next week’s half-term holidays where they will be able to find out more about the three-year Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project.

The project, which has been awarded a National Lottery grant of more than £350,000, aims to involve local people in the development and improvement of the town’s most popular green spaces, including Burn Valley Gardens, Burn Valley Family Wood and Ward Jackson, Seaton and Rossmere parks.

It is being funded by Natural England through its Access to Nature initiative which, in turn, is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme.

The project was launched following a successful bid by Hartlepool Borough Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Burn Valley Project Steering Group whose members include local residents, councillors and organisations such as the Local Access Forum and Sustrans.

The “welcome” events which aim to give people an insight into the wealth of nature existing in and around the town’s parks, will take place at Burn Valley Gardens (Monday, February 21, from 10am-11.30am), Ward Jackson Park (Tuesday, February 22, from 10am-11.30am), Rossmere Park (Thursday, February 24, from 10am-11.30am) and Seaton Park (Friday, February 25, from 10am-11.30am).

Deborah Jefferson, from the council’s countryside team, said: “The project is all about community involvement, so I would urge people to come along to some or all of next week’s events.

“Given that they are taking place during the half-term school holidays, they are an opportunity for whole families to enjoy some fresh air and have a bit of fun.”

Places must be booked in advance by calling (01429) 853325.