Pictured above (left to right): Kim Peters (Country Parks Visitor Services Manager), Paul Munday (Country Parks Officer), Nick Hay (Country Parks Officer), Councillor Cynthia Garton and Bonnie Horrex (Country Parks Officer).
A new play area made of natural and recycled materials is opening today at Itchen Valley Country Park. The Wood Larks Play Area was designed and built over the summer and autumn by the country parks team.
The play area features a bird spotting hide, woodland shop, mud kitchen, sorting machine and measuring stick; plenty for under 6s to play with while enjoying the outdoors.
Each piece of equipment is designed to help children learn about the natural world through play. There are also play ideas for parents to try out with their children at home and out and about.
The equipment is made using natural materials from the surrounding woodland and recycled materials, such as an old benches and pallets.
The play area was partly funded through Tesco’s bags of help scheme, following a successful campaign last year.
Councillor Cynthia Garton said: “The Country parks team have done a fantastic job in creating this wonderful new play area. It’s so important for children’s development that they play outside and interact with nature. This new play area helps them to do exactly that and we can’t wait to see local children exploring it.”