Children invited to go wild at opening of new nature play park

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Ashurst play park
The play park in Ashurst will be similar to the one in Stanford Rise Green, Sway

FAMILIES are being invited to the launch of a new children’s wild play space in Ashurst tomorrow (Wednesday).

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The area has been created within Ashurst and Colbury recreation ground in Whartons Lane and features tree forts, a giant wooden sand lizard and a wildlife seating circle.

Created by the New Forest National Park Authority and partners, it is the third wild play area that has recently opened, following those in Holbury and Sway.

The official opening will take place tomorrow between 2pm and 4pm and activities will be run by park rangers including a ribbon run, den building and mini-beast hunts.

NPA wild play ranger Claire Pearce said: “I am looking forward to officially opening our third wild play site.

“Working with Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council has been fantastic and I believe that we have created an amazing play space for families to explore.

“Encouraging children to spend more time playing out in a natural environment is important, not only to inspire them to care for nature, but also to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing.”

The project was paid for by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Our past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme.

Parish clerk Helen Klaassen said: “The parish council is really excited to introduce a whole new level of play opportunity to the recreation ground that we are sure will delight and inspire children for many years to come.”

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