New play equipment on its way for Plessey Woods
07 Nov 2018 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
A new children’s play area is on its way for Plessey Woods Country Park in Northumberland.
Part of Northumberland County Council’s £1m investment in improving facilities in three of its country parks, the new pieces of equipment are due to be installed early in 2019.
The £80,000 playground will include a range of state of the art swinging, climbing and spinning equipment which is in keeping with the woodland setting of Plessey Woods. Work is scheduled to start in February, and the new area will open for the Easter holidays.
Councillor Malcolm Robinson, County Councillor for the Bedlington West Ward, said: “This is great news for the country park - and will add a superb attraction for families next spring.
“I am very pleased to see this investment in the Country Park. It is a fantastic place to visit and inevitably due to its popularity some of the infrastructure and features have become worn. These improvements will give it a great boost.”
The play area forms part of a wider scheme by the council to significantly improve facilities at Druridge Bay, Plessey Woods and Bolam Lake Country Parks, including paths and parking, play areas and enhancements to visitor centres.
In preparation for the new area at Plessey Woods, and because the old play equipment had reached the end of its life, the old site has been cleared.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are making a significant investment in our parks and are committed to ensuring they remain attractive places to visit and spend time in.
“Play is such an important part of what our parks have to offer yet the equipment at Plessey Woods had become worn out and dated. We are sure the new play park, when it opens next year, will prove a big hit with both local children and visitors alike.
“We encourage families to to continue to come to the park over the winter, where they can enjoy the natural play opportunities that the woods offer along with lovely country walks.”
Plessey Woods Country Park offers 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside to explore.
The woodland is home to many birds, such as the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and treecreeper, as well as animals including the red squirrel, roe deer and fox.
The banks of the River Blyth are also an important habitat for wildlife, such as kingfishers, dippers and otters.
Visitors can enjoy a scenic riverside walk or take a path deep into the woodland, learning more about the park as you go by following one of the self-guided trails.