The Visit Darton Project branches out with latest park works

On Tuesday 5 November, Darton Park branched out with a new woodland area thanks to helping hands from Darton School and Twiggs. The Visit Darton Project carried out under the council's Principal Towns initiative, has transformed the park with a grant of £99,000 from funding body FCC Communities, which has been matched with Section 106 funding, and is being delivered over the year.

The latest addition includes newly-planted trees to encourage wildlife and bat boxes to help the natural environment flourish. Children from Darton School’s Eco Council helped to plant fruit trees, while Twiggs were on hand to plant 25 extra heavy trees including Common Cherry, Silver Birch, Whitebeam, Oak and Rowan. It sounds like thirsty work, thankfully Tesco kindly provided refreshments to the team to see them through. The new additions complement the updated multi-use game area and older children's play equipment.

The next steps will see improved accessibility to the park with a new car park, which will make it easier for visitors to explore the great outdoors. The proximity to the town also provides a fantastic opportunity for people to explore what the high street has to offer. There will also be improved accessibility around the park with upgraded paths.

Councillor Jenny Platts Spokesperson for Communities, said: "This project is a fantastic example of the Principal Towns initiative working with partners to develop thriving communities with residents and visitors. Improvements to the facilities certainly put Darton Park on the map, and I'd like to share a big thank you to everyone involved."

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