‘It’s just the start’ for park

Alan Lloyd of Heerema(lrft) and Peter Gardner of BP officially open the sensory garden in Seaton Carew park.
Alan Lloyd of Heerema(lrft) and Peter Gardner of BP officially open the sensory garden in Seaton Carew park.

A PARK was buzzing with people and activity when it unveiled a new £20,000 sensory garden.

The garden, created with funding from Hartlepool fabrication group Heerema and BP, was officially opened during a public event over the bank holiday weekend.

It is the biggest achievement so far of the Friends of Seaton Park group, which was set up by volunteers to breathe new life into the park.

And members hope it will act as a spring board for future improvements to Seaton Park on Station Lane.

Hartlepool United striker James Poole opened the day, which was attended by scores of people.

Cath Hill, Seaton councillor and friends group member, said: “It went very well. We had a beautiful day and the weather was fantastic.

“There were lots of people there and they all seemed to enjoy it.

“The garden looks really fantastic. A park is for the community and anybody can benefit from a sensory garden, particularly people with disabilities.”

The friends group worked closely with various agencies and organisations including Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group and the council’s park department to bring the project to fruition.

The garden is full of particularly sweet smelling flowers and different fruit bushes.

Visitors were also entertained by dance performances from the Hollis Academy of Dance, children’s rides, various sports and well-throwing.

A popular playbus also entertained youngsters.

Agency Groundworks North East was another key partner and provided hands on help.

Coun Hill added: “There are long-term plans for the park and I’m sure there will be another project soon.

“There is a corner of the park that is very wet and I’m sure something could be done there.”

Last month, Mayor Stuart Drummond announced visionary £1.3m plans to transform the park.

Plans include a new pavilion, improved lighting, open spaces and play facilities subject to funding.

The masterplan was created after consultation with local residents and the Friends of Seaton Park Group.