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Published on Monday 21st March 2011

Youngsters from Stanah School were among the first to try out the new natural playground at the Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton.

Made of timber to reflect its natural surroundings, the new equipment includes climbing frames, rope bridges, bucket swings and a tilting roundabout, following a joint project between Wyre Council and the Forestry Commission. Neighbouring Stanah School has joined the Mayor of Wyre to officially open the park, which also features an outdoor performance area. Councillor Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for playgrounds at Wyre Council, said: "Play facilities are the one thing that has been missing from this corner of Thornton and we're delighted by what we've been able to provide for the community. "Hopefully it will encourage a fresh set of visitors who will take the opportunity to explore the country park further and rediscover just how beautiful it is.

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Award for Hawthorne Park

The ground-breaking project, which saw community work alongside council to transform an under-used and overgrown open space, was presented with North West Together We Can Community Empowerment and Social Cohesion award. Local people have been involved in the decision making since day one and their input has led to a cleaner, greener and safer children's playground complemented by wildlife habits and dedicated areas to sit, stroll or exercise dogs. Councillor Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Borough Council said: "It has been a steep learning curve for both of us, but the outcome is a fantastic natural asset, now an award-winning one, that the whole community can enjoy for years to come."

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