06 June 2011

Children trying out the exciting new play equipment at Northamptonshire County Council’s Barnwell Country Park will feel as if they are walking through the trees.

The new equipment is designed to challenge children, giving them an exhilarating sense of elevation.

From climbing up onto the main unit either by rope bridge, climbing pole or platform, children will tower over the play area and can then access high level platforms up to 3m high. Children can climb through a rope tunnel and then rope bridge to travel between the trees before then climbing back down to the ground. An encampment is also hidden in the play area, with huts and log seating

The new equipment adds to the already well-established play area with a zip wire, pod swing, sand pit, toddler swings, den building area and much more.

The new play area equipment has been designed by the county council and EIBE Play LTD. It was funded by the county council and cost £43,000 as part of ongoing work both to improve services and to encourage more visitors to the parks so that they can continue their development towards becoming self-financing.

Councillor Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for customer services said: “Children trying out this new play equipment are sure to be thrilled as they experience the sensation that that are walking through the trees.

“It’s a fantastic addition to the already popular play area at Barnwell Country Park and I’m sure it will encourage many more people to visit and enjoy the parks.

“We are proud of our country parks and are committed to investing in them so that more people use them and eventually they can become self-financing, therefore ensuring that they can continue to be enjoyed by county residents long into the future.”

Visitors to Barnwell Country Park can combine their visit with a lakeside stroll, picnic, day ticket coarse fishing or a spot of bird watching from one of the park’s hides. The Kingfisher lodge is also available for hire for meetings, events and birthday parties.

Barnwell Country Park is located off the A605 just south of Oundle. There is a £2.50 parking charge which goes towards supporting the upkeep of the park. There are toilets and a park shop with ice creams, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and gifts.

For more information call 01832 273435