New life for park

AN exciting series of events has been announced as part of efforts to breathe new life into a local park.

The Friends of Seaton Park group has teamed up with Hartlepool’s Wild Green Spaces Team to hold a full programme of activities to appeal to people of all ages throughout the year.

It is part of an ongoing drive by the volunteers to improve the outdated 1960s park and get more visitors through the gates.

The programme of events kicks off with a Bird Box Bash on Friday, February 17, when the team will help visitors make free bird boxes.

In April, volunteers can help plant a butterfly border in the park.

And in May, the countryside wardens and visitors will make creations out of locally sourced willow.

Other events later in the year include tree planting and making masks and lanterns.

Nathan Storm, 17, from the Friends of Seaton Park group, said: “We’ve arranged a range of activities for children and families to try to get them more involved with the park and raise its profile.

“It’s a great opportunity for families and young people to be creative and see their work displayed within the park.”

“We hope it will make it a more user friendly area.”

The Friends have teamed up with Groundworks to produce an ambitions draft masterplan for the park off Station Lane.

It includes a new multi-functional pavilion incorporating sports facilities, new cafe and toilet.

Other areas of the park are proposed to be made into play zones, open space and sensory garden.

The Friends are appealing for more people to join them.

They hold monthly meetings at Seaton Carew Methodist Church, in Farndale Road.

The next is on Wednesday at 6pm.

The group has also launched a new website which can be found by going to