A new children’s play area is now open at Plessey Woods Country Park.
Part of Northumberland County Council’s £1m investment in improving facilities in three of its country parks, the new pieces of equipment are installed and ready to be enjoyed by children this Love Parks week.
The £80,000 playground includes a range of state of the art swinging, climbing and spinning equipment which is in keeping with the woodland setting of Plessey Woods.
Councillor Malcolm Robinson, County Councillor for the Bedlington West Ward, said: “This is great news for the country park – and is a superb attraction for families.
“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 became 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.
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. We are sure the new play park will prove a big hit with both children and visitors alike.
“We encourage families to to come to the park, 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.