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Wepre Park to get dedicated new environmental education area

Published: 19/01/2015

Work has started to develop an education area at Wepre Park. The Friends of Wepre Park and Flintshire Countryside Service recently secured £17,000 funding from the Welsh Government Tidy Towns initiative to enable community organisations and voluntary groups to improve their local environment quality. The project will redevelop an area of the old golf course to provide an enclosed space purely for educational use. It will incorporate a meadow, pond and wetland area, a raised teaching section with seating, and a canvas sail shade to provide protection from the weather. The newly created pond will have a dipping platform to provide access for people with disabilities. Wetland pond plants will be planted around the pond to attract dragonflies and other pond invertebrates. The Friends of Wepre Park and local school children will be invited to help plant some of the wildflower seeds and bulbs planned for the area. A hedgerow will also be planted along its boundary. The existing play area will also be improved with fencing and a hedgerow. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This will be a great facility for Wepre Park. I am extremely pleased that an under-developed area of the park is being improved in this way. The area will look fantastic when it is finished and I am sure it will be used for years to come.” Stephen Lewis, Countryside Ranger for Flintshire Countryside Service, who is delivering the project said: “This education area is going to provide an enclosed space where children and adults will be able to learn about a variety of different habitats and ecosystems through our ranger-led programme of events. We are looking forward to working with our local community on this exciting project and we are expecting it to be ready by April. Information about Wepre Park can be found at where you can also find a link to the Friends of Wepre Park Facebook page. Please note that the contact number for Wepre Park Visitors Centre is now 01352 703900, which replaces the previous number. Image Caption: work has begun on a dedicated new environmental education area at Wepre Park: