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Countryside and Wild Green Spaces Events Programme 2013

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PHOTOGRAPHS ARRIVING AT YOUR EVENT

PLEASE NOTE: Events can only be booked two months in advance. Events that require payment must be paid for at the time of booking.

CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU If you have any suggestions for future events please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01429 853325.

GUIDED WALKS

Whether you want to enjoy a tranquil stroll in one of our local nature reserves, take part in a family fun day in one of our parks or join us for a Bushcraft Event at Summerhill we hope you will find something to enjoy.

Warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear is recommended for all events. Please wear walking boots or strong shoes on all walks. On longer events and walks please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. In warm and sunny weather please bring sun protection, including a hat. We retain the right to refuse to take anyone who arrives at an event or walk wearing unsuitable clothing. Please book well in advance as spaces are limited. Walks with less than five bookings will be cancelled and walkers will be notified accordingly. Walks may also be cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather conditions. Please note the ‘Clothing and what to bring with you’ section regarding suitable equipment required for walks.

CANCELLATIONS

Welcome to the Wild about Hartlepool Events leaflet. Inside you will find a wide and exciting range of events and activities brought to you from a diverse range of organisations and individuals, working together to protect and promote the local and natural history of Hartlepool’s Wild Green Spaces.

You are advised to arrive at the event at least 10 minutes before the start time. Events may be cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather conditions but people will be notified in advance.

If you need to cancel your place on any event or guided walk please phone or email to let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else as many of our events are oversubscribed.

CONSERVATION DAYS

Welcome to the Wild about Hartlepool Events leaflet

Please note we take photos at all our events and these may be used in future leaflets and publicity. If you have any objections please tell one of the event leaders before the start of the event.

Please wear old/outdoor clothing, strong boots/shoes and bring a packed lunch and drink if staying all day. Tools and gloves will be provided. No previous experience is necessary as you will be shown what to do. Please take part at a level suitable to your own ability. 3


Countryside and Wild Green Spaces Events Programme 2013 Spion Kop Cemetery This historic cemetery, formed from a combination of sand dunes and ship ballast now supports species rich dune grassland with habitat of such quality that it is unique in Hartlepool and rare within the Tees Valley. Directions: Head towards Hartlepool Headland on the A179 straight over the roundabout onto Cleveland Road/West View Road before turning left onto Old Cemetery Road. On-road parking is available outside the cemetery.

Greatham Beck LNR One of Hartlepool’s best-kept secrets is the lovely wildlife corridor that runs along the western edge of the Fens Estate. Rich in plants and fringed with deciduous woodland, it provides a rich and varied habitat for many species including kingfisher, woodpecker and owl. Directions: From Catcote Road, turn into Mowbray Road then left into Spalding Road to join Newark Road. Limited on-road parking is available and visitors are asked to park with respect for local residents.

Hart Warren Dunes Situated south of Crimdon, this beautiful area of calcareous grassland and dune system supports many rare plants and animals. The dunes are prized for their wildlife value and also for their extensive sea views. Directions: Hart Warren Dunes are accessible on foot from the Hart Station end of the Hart to Haswell Walkway on Ocean Road

Seaton Common and Dunes Seaton Common is home to a vast number of resident and migratory wading birds, as well as invertebrates and mammals. The Common holds much historical interest including the relics of the once thriving salt industry, ridge and furrow and the old sea wall. Across the golf course are Seaton Dunes, one of the largest dune systems between Lindisfarne and the Humber, providing a rich and varied habitat for many plants and animals including fox and short-eared owl. Directions: Seaton Common is located south of Seaton Carew just off the A178 Tees Road. Parking is available at the North Gare Car Park and Seaton Coach Park. The site can be accessed on foot, by cycle or on horseback along Seaton bridleway from Seaton Carew.

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Hart to Haswell Walkway LNR This beautiful disused railway line extends north from Hart Station towards Haswell. The site is managed by the Countryside Team and Volunteers and contains a mosaic of habitats including woodland, butterfly glades and ponds. It forms part of Sustrans National Cycle Network (Route 14) and is accessible by bike or on foot. Directions: Limited on-road parking is available on Ocean Road in Hart Station which is located just off the A1086 as you travel north out of Hartlepool. Visitors are asked to park with respect for local residents.

Summerhill LNR Summerhill is a 100 acre Country Park located on the western edge of Hartlepool, transformed for the benefit of conservation, outdoor sport and recreation. It is also an excellent venue for meetings and events. Whether you want a quiet walk or something more strenuous like rock climbing on our groundbreaking Boulder Park, BMX riding on our purpose-built course, or play in the adventure play area. You can also take part in one of our activity sessions.

Contact the Visitor Centre for activities in: • Orienteering & map reading • Rock climbing • Archery

• High level ropes course • Nature study • Arts and crafts

Directions: To reach Summerhill head down Summerhill Lane, just off Catcote Road. Parking is available in the car park next to the visitor centre.

Tel: 01429 284584

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Wild Green Spaces IN HARTLEPOOL

The Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project is funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme. The project engages with local communities to develop and improve Hartlepool’s green spaces for people and wildlife. The project is now in its third successful year and continues to offer local people a variety of learning experiences, health benefits and opportunities to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment through volunteering, environmental education, events and activities. Look out for our regular Wild Wednesday’s volunteer days advertised on the Park’s notice boards or check out our list of events to find an activity you can enjoy. From bat walks to willow weaving, there’s something to suit everyone. We even provide transport to the events we run in more out of reach locations. If you, your group, or your school would like to be involved in the project please contact the Wild Green Spaces team on 01429 853325 for more information.

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Burn Valley Gardens Burn Valley Gardens is a wonderful green corridor which connects the town centre with Family Wood, Summerhill and the wider countryside to the west of the town. The eastern entrance to the park is located at York Road and the western entrances at Catcote Road and Elwick Road. Burn Valley Gardens is within close walking distance to Ward Jackson Park and contains three bowling greens and two play areas. During 2012 the northern Burn Valley was developed as part of the Wild Green Spaces Project to create beautiful wetland areas and winding watercourses which benefit wildlife and provide a fabulous green space for local people and visitors to enjoy.

Family Wood Developed over a six year period as commemorative woodland, Family Wood forms an essential woodland corridor linking the Burn Valley Gardens to Summerhill. Family Wood is a mixed habitat of young mixed woodland and grassland planted predominately with Oak, Ash and Hazel which enhances the natural quality of the Burn Valley

Ward Jackson Park is one of the most original parks in the North East region and is listed in the National Register of Historic Parks & Gardens because of its collection of Victorian and Edwardian features A project to restore and develop the park was recently completed returning the park to its original splendour complete with a magnificent lake set in a Victorian landscape. For the more wild at heart, why not visit the Woodland Walk to enjoy the Minibeast Reserve and the fascinating wildlife the park has to offer, or the brilliant play area which contains plenty of activity stations to occupy the liveliest of children. Complete your day with a visit to the Place in the Park for a well deserved drink and a snack. The Friends of Ward Jackson Park organise a range of brilliant events and activities and raise funds for their own Park projects. Ward Jackson Park is located at the junction of Park Avenue and Elwick Road.

Rossmere Park

Seaton Park

Set in an urban residential area, the park incorporates open-grassed areas, trees, flower beds and an improved fixed equipment playground for toddlers and teenagers.

Seaton Park is situated close to the seafront at Seaton Carew, an attractive coastal village to the south east of Hartlepool.

During your visit why not enjoy a stroll around the picturesque lake complete with a wooded island, a variety of wildfowl and a nature area incorporating a pond dipping platform. Angling is also permitted on the lake.

The park contains a bowling green, tennis courts, playing field and a fantastic children's play area complete with a sunken pirate ship and wetland area complete with bridges spanning the open water.

The Friends of Rossmere Park organise a number of wonderful events every year so why not check out the spooky Halloween walk or the Carols by Candlelight event. Rossmere Park is located on Rossmere Way.

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The Friends of Seaton Park have drawn up a wonderful Masterplan for the Park and have worked with the Countryside team to create a new pond complete with wetland plants, nectar rich flower and shrub borders, a fabulous sensory garden and hedgerow planting to enhance the area for people and wildlife. Why not join in some of the events planned for 2013 and show your support for the park improvements.

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Countryside and Wild Green Spaces Events Programme 2013

Are you the organiser for a community group in Hartlepool, looking for somewhere different to visit? Have you thought about bringing a group to Teesmouth Field Centre?

Teesmouth Field Centre

We have provided a varied programme of quality field studies continuously for more than 40 years. Every year we welcome over 4000 visitors, including school children, students and members of the public. Educational and recreational groups of all ages are welcome and all of our visits are free of charge.

The Field Centre is accessible for wheelchairs. Parking and toilets are available on site for visitors. For further information and to book your visit contact Lynne Burn on 01429 264912 or e-mail: teesmouthfieldcentre@gmail.com

The Partnership for Nature in Hartlepool The Partnership plays a crucial role in managing, protecting and promoting our precious natural assets for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people. EDF Energy together with Hartlepool Borough Council, Natural England and Teesmouth Field Centre combine to pool their talents and resources with the aim of making Hartlepool a leading light in terms of conservation, environmental education and access to nature for the public. Hartlepool Power Station acts as the glue of the partnership providing the other organisations with accommodation, facilities and support with staffing costs. We are then able to provide education, guided walks, events and manage reserves across the town, from the Hart to Haswell Walkway in the north to the Teesmouth National Nature reserve in the south. The result is a wonderful array of coastal habitats and wooded areas for everyone to enjoy.

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Parks and Countryside Volunteers

What’s in it for me?

The Countryside Team are assisted by a dedicated team of Volunteers, helping to look after Hartlepool’s Nature Reserves, Parks, green spaces and Rights of Way.

• Learn new skills

What do Volunteers do? • Practical conservation and horticultural tasks • Events and Guided Walks • Helping with school visits • Site maintenance tasks • Rights of Way monitoring and maintenance

• Gain valuable experience • Gain a qualification in Environmental conservation • Meet new people • Make a difference to Hartlepool’s coast and countryside No previous experience or qualifications are needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to lend a hand. Volunteer as much or as little time as you wish, and you decide what to help with. If you are over 16 and would like to know more please contact the Countryside Team on (01429) 853325

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January

Join the Wild Green Spaces volunteer team for a visit to each of the parks for a New Year’s review of on-going and future project work. Transport available ring 01429 853325. Wrap up warm for the days weather conditions, pop on some sturdy footwear and don’t forget your packed lunch. Meet at: The notice board at the entrance to Family Wood off Elwick Road.

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View the wildlife of Teesmouth from the Hartlepool Power Station hide with Teesmouth Field Centre and Natural England. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

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Join Natural England for this gentle stroll looking for the winter residents of the Teesmouth estuary at Seal Sands. There will be plenty of opportunities to see a variety of winter wading birds and possibly the resident population of common seals. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Greatham Get Away Thursday 24th January 10am - 2pm

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Wednesday 9th January 10am - 3pm

Bird and Seal Watch Sunday 13th January 10am - 12noon

Winter Wader Wander Thursday 17th January 1.30pm - 3.30pm

New Year’s Resolution….Get more active! Stretch your legs on this 5 and a half mile circular stroll from Greatham Village over to Cowpen Bewley, taking in the winter scenery along the way. When we arrive at the Woodland Park we’ll have the opportunity to explore the site in a bit more detail before returning to Greatham. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch/snack. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

Big Garden Bird Bash Sunday 27th January 10am - 12noon Join the Wild Green Spaces team as they survey Ward Jackson Park and find out more about the bird species that inhabit your garden. Then take part in a practical workshop and learn how to make a hanging bird-feeder table to take home with you. Booking essential ring 01429 853325

February

Park to Park Monday 14th January 10am - 12.30pm

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Tree Maintenance Wednesday 6th February 10am - 3pm

Making our way around a 3 mile circular route from Ward Jackson Park to Burn Valley Gardens, we’ll have the opportunity to see what projects the Countryside and Wild Green Spaces teams have been working on throughout 2012. We’ll also get to see the benefits these projects have had on the local environment. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Using bow saws and other hand tools help to open up areas of woodland within Family Wood. This will maintain the health of the trees and let light in for springtime flowers to grow. All tools provided, please bring your packed lunch and plenty of energy. Transport available ring 01429 853325. Meet at: The notice board at the entrance to Family Wood off Elwick Road.

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Dedicate a Tree in February Sunday 10th February 10am - 2pm

Map skills and Orienteering Tuesday 19th February 10.30am - 12noon

The Friends of Seaton Park are raising funds to plant a woodland copse in Seaton Park. If you would like to dedicate a tree to a loved one for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion, the group would be delighted to hear from you. Today has been set aside to plant trees dedicated throughout the year so everyone is welcome to come along and plant their tree. All equipment provided. Please ring 07813 213609 for further details.

Join the Wild Green Spaces team and learn how to read a map and use a compass by taking part in a morning of fun activities including a short orienteering course. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Stranton Headstone Histories Sunday 17th February 10.30am - 12noon Join local historian Steve Robbins on a short easy access walk around Stranton Cemetery as he unearths a series of new and intriguing tales from behind the headstones. Booking essential, ring 01429 855560.

Coppicing for Kids Monday 18th February 10am - 12noon Come along and have a go at cutting down some of our Hazel in the woodland. Ages 6yrs - 12yrs. Numbers are strictly limited for this activity. Booking essential, ring 01429 284584.

Twig Tower Sculptures Monday 18th February 1pm - 3pm Have a rummage around the Summerhill undergrowth and using what you find on the ground, build your own Winter Sculpture. Ages 5yrs -12yrs. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Summerhill Winter Welly Wander Tuesday 19th February 1pm - 2.30pm Put on your winter wear and your best wellies for a splash around Summerhill. Age 5 and above, not suitable for buggies. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Ramble in the Dene Wednesday 20th February 9am - 3pm Why not take some time out and adventure into Nesbitt Dene? We will begin this 10 mile tread at Hart, making our way through to the Hart to Haswell Walkway, Hulam and Sheraton, not forgetting the magnificent limestone gorge deep within the Dene. Sensible clothing and footwear recommended. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and a flask of something warm! Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

All Aboard....the Hart to Haswell Express Wednesday 20th February 10am - 12noon Join the Countryside team on a journey of exploration with Thomas the Tank Engine as he journeys along the old Hart to Haswell railway line in search of winter wildlife and the first signs of Spring. Suitable for pushchairs. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Bird Box Bash in Seaton Park Thursday 21st February 10.30am - 12.30pm Make your own FREE bird box with the Wild Green Spaces team to take back to your garden to encourage birds to nest there this Spring. Why not make a nest ball bundle too so there’s plenty of lovely snugly material for the birds to make their nests with? Suitable for all abilities and access for all on tarmac path surfaces. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

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Volunteers ‘Come and Try it’ Taster Day Step out in ‘Stile’ Friday 22nd February 10am - 2.30pm

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Tuesday 5th March 10am - 3pm

Join the Countryside and Summerhill teams to put up some new stiles around the site. No experience necessary. Wear (old) warm clothes and stout footwear and bring a packed lunch. Age 16 and above (children must be accompanied by an adult). Booking essential ring 01429 284584

Join the Wild Green Spaces volunteer team to Spring Clean in the Burn Valley Gardens. Practical tasks to include litter picking and planting to help create more spring and summer colour. Transport available ring 01429 853325. Meet at: The notice board at the entrance to Family Wood off Elwick Road.

Mammal Workshop Saturday 23rd February 10.30am - 12noon

Mother Nature for Mothering Sunday Saturday 9th March 10.30am - 1pm

Learn about different species of British Mammals that inhabit our parks and countryside with the Wild Green Spaces team. Learn how to track and protect mammals. Then make a fun mammal craft to take home. Booking essential ring 01429 853325

Work with the Wild Green Spaces team and use natural materials to make a special gift for your mum this Mothering Sunday. Booking essential ring 01429 853325

March Spring is just around the corner so why not head over to Stranton Nursery to choose from our range of spring bedding plants to add some colour to your garden. Now is a great time to plant evergreen shrubs, conifers and trees from the wide selection available at Stranton Nursery. Or why not treat your mum to one of our beautiful floral arrangements.

Made With Love - Mothers Day Flower Arrangement Workshop Saturday 2nd March 10am - 11.30am Join the Friends of Stranton Cemetery for this fantastic opportunity to prepare your own handmade floral display for Mothers Day under the expert instruction of a florist. Finish off the morning with a tour of the nursery and the new cafe and gardens. Booking essential, ring 01429 855560. The cost of the workshop is £7.50 per person and includes the cost of all materials and flowers.

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Totally Toads and Numerous Newts! Saturday 16th March 1pm - 3pm Join Natural England for a short walk to discover the amphibians of Teesmouth National Nature Reserve. Please wear wellies or walking boots. All equipment provided. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Wildfowl Wander Sunday 17th March 10.30am - 12noon Have you ever fed the ducks? Have you ever wondered why there are so many different shapes and colours? If you have, this event is perfect for you! Join the Wild Green Spaces team with binoculars and learn all about the different birds on Rossmere Park Lake and take home an ID guide for next time too. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly. No dogs please. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

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West View Cemetery Walk Saturday 23rd March 10.30am - 12noon

Storybook Trail - Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Rhyming Rabbit’ Wednesday 3rd April 10am - 12noon & 1pm - 4pm

Join Steve Robbins for the first history walk held in West View Cemetery and hear a selection of fascinating tales about the people who rest there. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Visit Teesmouth Field Centre to hear the tantalising tale of the rhyming rabbit in the company of the Countryside team. Then head outside in search of signs of the many real rabbits that live here. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325

Bird and Seal Watch Sunday 24th March 10am - 12noon Watch the wildlife of Teesmouth as the tide rises in the company of Teesmouth Field Centre and the Countryside team. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Elwick Wild West Figure of Eight Tuesday 26th March 10am -3pm Do you fancy a walk on the wild side? Escape the hustle and bustle of town and experience the beginning of spring on this leisurely 6 and a half mile ramble around the Stotfold Moor area, on the western side of Elwick. A free minibus will transport us there and back. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

Ward Jackson Park Easter Eggstravaganza Sunday 31st March 1pm - 4pm Join the Friends of Ward Jackson Park for a feast of springtime family fun in beautiful Ward Jackson Park. Fairground rides, easter egg trails, craft workshops, and much more. Come along and join in the fun!

April Spring has Sprung Tuesday 2nd April 1pm - 3pm A family stroll around Summerhill looking for the signs of Spring. Age 5yrs and over. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Boggart and Faerie Festival Thursday 4th April 10am - 2pm Bring a picnic and enjoy a magical feast of mythical activities with the Wild Green Spaces and the Countryside teams. Then make a boggart or faerie friend to take home with you. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Stranton Spring Clean Friday 5th April 10am - 12noon Come along to Stranton Cemetery and help the Friends of Stranton Cemetery and the Wild Green Spaces team as they Spring clean the Cemetery and plant a wonderful butterfly border filled with nectar rich plants, to increase, the numbers of butterflies and moths attracted to the cemetery. Meet at Stranton Cemetery Lodge, Tanfield Road

Spring Sundials Friday 5th April 1pm - 3pm A short walk around Summerhill to collect everything that you will need to build your own sundial. Age 5yrs and over. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Sounds of Summerhill Tuesday 9th April 10am - 12noon The spring is a noisy time of year at Summerhill. Make your own animal ears and use them to find out who is creating all the noise. Age 5yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Seaton Park Easter Treasure Hunt Wednesday 10th April 12noon - 3pm Enjoy a FREE and eggciting fun filled afternoon of Easter activities, crafts, face painting and an amazing Easter egg treasure hunt in Seaton Park with the Countryside and Wild Green Spaces teams, and the Friends of Seaton Park.

Springtime Stroll Thursday 11th April 10.30am - 12noon A wonderful wander through the beautiful Burn Valley with the Wild Green Spaces team looking at the natural world beginning to wake up all around us. Search for signs of Spring and finish up by making a lovely Springtime surprise! A gentle wheelchair and pram friendly circular walk through the Burn Valley Gardens. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Family Wood Spring Clean Friday 12th April 10am - 2pm Family Wood is an important and much loved green link between Burn Valley Gardens and Summerhill. This is your opportunity to get some fresh air and join us in sprucing the wood up by planting spring flowers and making it litter free. Wear old clothing and suitable footwear. Give as much or as little time as you can; all equipment will be provided. Ring 01429 853325 for more details. Meet at the Family Wood entrance on Elwick Road.

Be Nice to Nettles Saturday 13th April 10am - 1pm Join the Countryside and Summerhill teams for a stroll around Summerhill and a natter about nettles. Come along if you fancy nettle soup or tea and have a go at making a nettle bracelet. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Planting for Biodiversity in Rossmere Park Wednesday 17th April 10am - 3pm Join the Wild Green Spaces team in attracting greater diversity of species into Rossmere Park by introducing new ground cover plants. Wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch. Transport available ring 01429 853325. Meet at The Tea Gardens

North Cemetery Bat Walk Friday 19th April 8pm start Spend a wonderful evening strolling around North Cemetery in search of bats in the company of Council ecologist Ian Bond and the Friends of North Cemetery. Learn more about the types of bats that live here and locate them using electronic bat detectors. Please bring a torch. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Springtime Tree Trail Thursday 25th April 10am - 2pm Can you remember the difference between elder and alder, blackthorn and hawthorn? Step into spring and refresh your memory on a relaxing 5 mile stroll up to the Howls ancient woodland, hidden away in Dalton Piercy and come away with some tree identification skills and interesting facts. Don’t forget to bring a snack. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

Batty About Bats Friday 26th April 8pm start Come along to Stranton Cemetery for a bat walk in the company of Council ecologist Ian Bond and the Friends of Stranton Cemetery and try out one of our bat detectors to help you identify the different bat species living in the cemetery. Please bring a torch. Booking essential, ring 01429 855560.

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North Cemetery Headstones Sunday 28th April 10.30am - 12noon

Sensational Summer Baskets Wednesday 22nd May 1pm - 3pm

A chance to hear a selection of new and fascinating stories about some of the many people buried in the cemetery on this short guided walk led by local historian Steve Robbins. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

May

A chance to make your own summer hanging basket at Stranton Nursery. Enjoy a demonstration by an expert followed by the chance to have a go and make a beautiful basket of your own. A range of colourful bedding plants will be available to select from. The cost of the workshops is ÂŁ15 and includes materials and plants. Please wear old clothing and bring along gardening gloves and a trowel if you have one. Booking essential, ring 01429 233950.

Avocet Amble Sunday 12th May 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Low Tide Day Sunday 26th May 10am - 2pm

Joi Natural England and the RSPB for a chance to view these beautiful and distinctive birds and their chicks at their breeding ground beside Greatham Creek. Also a chance to see several other nesting bird species including the charismatic common tern. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Bring a picnic and get out into the fresh air to explore the brilliant local marine environment around Seaton Carew. Enjoy a fun filled day of FREE environmental games, touch tanks, crafts, storytelling, displays and a rockpool ramble in the company of the Countryside, Wild Green Spaces and Natural England teams. Meet at: Seaton beach beside the Lifeguards hut. Please come at 10am for the rockpool ramble as it is tide dependant.

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Annual Planting in Seaton Sensory Garden Wednesday 15th May 10am - 3pm Join the Wild Green Spaces volunteer team as they brighten up the raised beds within Seaton Sensory Garden by planting a lovely variety of showy annuals. Wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch. Transport available 01429 853325. Meet in the car park of Seaton Park.

Spion Kop Mini Beast Hunt Sunday 19th May 10.30am - 12noon A walk with the Wild Green Spaces team around Spion Kop Local Nature Reserve looking for all the bugs and beasties that can be found lurking within the stonework and grassland. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

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Blackhall Rocks Wednesday 29th May 10am - 2pm Take in the spectacular sights of the Durham Coast on this 7 mile circular stroll starting from Hart Village. From here we will make our way to the sea cliffs and along to Blackhall Rocks and the National Nature Reserve where we can explore its unique geology and rich flora. We will then make our way back to Hart through Nesbitt Dene. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

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Storybook Trail - Julia Donaldson’s,’Superworm’ Wednesday 29th May 10am - 11.30am & 1pm - 2.30pm Meet Superworm, the wriggliest, squiggliest superhero in the world and discover more about the fascinating world of worms in this muddy session of discovery with the Countryside team. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Butterfly Walk and Feeders Thursday 30th May 1pm - 3pm Come along for a stroll around Summerhill. Look out for a fluttering ‘Red Admiral’ in our ‘Speckled Wood’. Then head back to the centre to make a butterfly feeder. Age 6yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Green Man Masks Thursday 30th May 10.30am -12noon Celebrate summer with the Wild Green Spaces team in the traditional way by making your very own green man mask to take home. Follow the trail and answer the clues to help find where the green man of Seaton Park lives! Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Minibeast Hunt Friday 31st May 1pm - 3pm A mini safari around Summerhill. Wear suitable crawling, creeping and squelchy clothes. Age 6yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584. Get your garden ready for summer with a selection of new summer bedding plants selected from the huge range available at Stranton Nursery. Plant up tubs, containers and hanging baskets as well as your borders for an extra splash of colour.

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June Bee House Workshop Sunday 2nd June 10.30am - 12noon Learn all about the different species of British bee and why they need our help. Then make a bee house to take home for your garden. Location Ward Jackson Park. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Navigation Know How.... Saturday 8th June 10am start Calling all tortoises and hares - try your hand at navigating a trail against the clock. You’ll use your map reading and compass skills to navigate your way to locations far and wide. Entrants should be able to run about 5 miles. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325

Fascinating Folklore Tree Trail Sunday 9th June 10.30am - 12noon Come along to Family Wood and join the Wild Green Spaces team for a tree trail walk where you will be able to find out about all the different legends and folklore tales that are attached to different species of tree. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Summer Garden Know How Wednesday 12th June 1pm - 2.30pm Pop along to Stranton Nursery for an informative session of free practical advice about the choice of perennials, shrubs and bedding plants available to brighten up your garden. Finish off the afternoon with a tour of the nursery and gardens.

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Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Pond Weed Clearance Wednesday 19th June 10am - 3pm Rossmere Park lake and the new ponds that were created in Hartlepool’s parks during 2012 will benefit from a clear out of any invasive blanket weed. Join the Wild Green Spaces team to keep these important wetlands in the best possible condition for both wildlife and people. Meet at the T Garden, Rossmere Park. Transport available 01429 853325.

Wildflower and Orchid Walk Thursday 20th June 10.30am - 12.30pm A gentle stroll of about 1 mile around Teesmouth National Nature Reserve to try and spot the five different species of orchid and many other wild flowers. You may wish to bring a camera to photograph the beautiful flowers. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Come along and join the Wild Green Spaces and Summerhill teams to take camping out of the campsite! Learn techniques for fire-lighting, shelter building and enjoy some treats around the fire. Bring a packed lunch. Suitable for age 7 upwards. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325

Step into Summer Thursday 27th June 10am - 2pm Why not take some time out and enjoy the summer delights of Nesbitt Dene woodland during a 4 and a half mile circular stroll starting in Hart Village. It’s the perfect time of year to discover the wildlife hidden away in the woodland. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

I Spy a Butterfly … Saturday 29th June 1pm - 3pm

Orchid Odyssey Thursday 20th June Starts at 6.30pm

Do you want to learn the difference between a large white and a green veined, or a speckled wood and a meadow brown? Then National Insect Week is the perfect time to do so! Join the Countryside and Wild Green Spaces teams on a relaxing stroll around Family Wood, where the woodland plants provide feeding grounds for many butterflies and other insects that we may see along the way. Booking essential 01429 853325

Join the Hartlepool Natural History Society and Hartlepool Countryside team for a gentle wander across Seaton Carew Golf Course and North Gare dunes to discover more about the wealth of orchids and other wild flowers that grow there. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Headstone Histories Sunday 30th June 10.30am - 12noon

Spick and Span for Summer Saturday 22nd June 1pm - 3pm Would you like to help us to improve the Cemetery this summer? If so why not join the Friends of Stranton Cemetery and the Wild Green Spaces team for an afternoon of weeding and litter picking to keep the place spick and span this summer. Meet at Stranton Cemetery Lodge, Tanfield Road.

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Join Steve Robbins to hear what new and intriguing tales of historical people and events he has revealed from beneath the headstones of Spion Kop Cemetery. Meet at: Spion Kop Cemetery, Old Cemetery Road.

Sow annuals like cornflowers and night scented stock from a selection of seeds available at Stranton Nursery.

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Damsels and Dragons Wednesday 24th July 10.30am - 12noon

July

Get dipping and bring the family to discover what wild and wonderful creatures lurk in your local parks’ pond. Look out and learn about Dragonflies then make your own dragonfly model to take home. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Seal Walk Saturday 6th July 11am - 3pm A 5 mile circular walk to Greatham Creek from Greatham Village for a chance to see this year’s harbour seal pups close up in the company of Natural England. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day - Wild Willow Workshop Wednesday 10th July 10am - 12noon Using locally sourced willow, join the Wild Green Spaces team to learn how to create a beautiful willow creation, either a giant flower sculpture or a willow plant support, to take home. No experience or equipment necessary, but please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty! Booking essential, ring 01429 853325. Further details will be given when booking.

Butterfly Walk Sunday 14th July 10am - 12noon A fascinating walk around Hartlepool Nature Trail in search of the many butterflies that live there in the company of Teesmouth Field Centre. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Ward Jackson Park Summer Funday Sunday 21st July 1pm - 4pm Bigger and better than ever! As Ward Jackson Park is transformed into your favourite Family Fun Park. All your favourite activities and more.....Come along and join in the fun!

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Lake to Coast Thursday 25th July 10am - 2.30pm Starting at Rossmere Park Lake we will work our way out of the hustle and bustle of Hartlepool and on to Seaton Carew. Here we will discover more about the coast and what wildlife is tucked away within the dunes. At the end of this 8 mile linear walk will be a free minibus waiting to return us to Rossmere Park. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

Sticky Caterpillars Friday 26th July 1pm - 3pm Come on a Caterpillar Hunt in the grasses and woods at Summerhill. Age 4yrs and above. Buggies welcome but you will need ‘4 wheel drive’ as the ground will be uneven and rough. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

North Cemetery Headstones Sunday 28th July 10.30am - 12noon Another chance to join local historian Steve Robbins on a tour of North Cemetery as he recounts a multitude of new historical tales about more of the many interesting people buried there. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

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Teddy Bears Picnic Monday 29th July 10am - 1pm

Dogs' Day Out Saturday 3rd August 10am - 2.30pm

Bring your blanket, picnic basket and favourite teddy along to Ward Jackson Park and join the Wild Green Spaces team in some fun outdoor wildlife games and activities. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

A fun day of 'doggy' activities, sniffer trail and waggy walks at Teesmouth National Nature Reserve with Teesmouth Field Centre, Natural England and the Countryside Team. Join in anytime from 10.00am 'till 2.30pm. Meet at North Gare car park.

Storybook Trail - The Gruffalo’s Child Wednesday 31st July 10am - 2pm Can you help the Countryside team as they follow the Gruffalo’s child in her search for the Big Bad Mouse? Bring a picnic for a well earned lunch break during the event. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325

August

Head on down to Summerhill for a fun filled afternoon of FREE games and activities for all the family to enjoy. No need to book.

Bring your camera along for an introduction to improving your photography and have a stroll around Summerhill to see what we can find. Age 7yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Wild Art and Countryside Crafts Friday 2nd August 10am - 12noon Take part in wild art and countryside craft activities with the Wild Green Spaces team. Activities suitable for adults and children. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

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Go wild down on Seaton Sands with the Wild Green Spaces and Countryside teams, Teesmouth Field Centre and Groundwork for an afternoon of FREE games and brilliant beach activities. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Summerhill Play Day Wednesday 7th August 1pm - 3.30pm

Picture This Thursday 1st August 10am - 12noon

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Seaton Sands Spectacular Monday 5th August 12noon - 4pm

Hedge u Cation Thursday 8th August 1pm - 3pm What lives in the hedges of Summerhill, how old are our hedges? Come along to Summerhiil for some outdoor Hedge u Cation. Age 7yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

A Snook History Sunday 11th August 10.30am - 12.30am Join local historian Steve Robbins on a short walk from the North Gare to Seaton Snook where you will discover more about the fascinating history of Teesmouth. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

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Wet & Wild Rockpooling Rumage Sunday 11th August 12.30pm - 2pm

Bug Box Making Tuesday 20th August 1pm - 3pm

Explore the shore for the weird and wonderful wildlife normally hidden by the tide. Bring a net and a bucket and put on your wellies to join the Countryside and Wild Green Spaces teams for this fun family event. Suitable for all ages although the terrain is very uneven. Meet at: The junction of Corporation Road and Marine Drive on the Headland sea front.

Make a cosy bug house for the Autumn and Winter. Collect bits and pieces from around the site and make your own Bug Home. Age 5yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day - Make your own bird feeding table Tuesday 13th August 10am - 3pm Join the Wild Green Spaces volunteer team in helping the birds of the Burn Valley Gardens by creating new feeding stations within the grounds of the Old Coach House. You can also have the option of making your own bird feeding table to take home for your garden. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Scavenger Hunt Tuesday 13th August 1pm - 3pm A family stroll through the woodland and grasslands looking for those special finds, plus a game or two along the way. Age 4yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Storybook Trail - Wind in the Willows Wednesday 14th August 12noon - 2pm Head along Greatham Beck with the Countryside team in search of Ratty, Toad, Mole and Badger then make a special memento from willow to take home with you. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Summer Saunter Thursday 15th August 1pm - 3pm It’s Summertime at Summerhill! Enjoy a family stroll through the site, searching out ‘Summery’ things. Age 5yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Storybook trail - Julia Donaldson’s Sharing a Shell Wednesday 21st August 10am - 11.30am & 1pm - 2.30pm Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a shell? Join the Countryside team and Teesmouth Field Centre as they recount this wonderful tale of how marine creatures live together along our coasts. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Pellet Puzzles Friday 23rd August 6pm - 8pm A fascinating evening of gruesome detective work led by ecologist Ian Bond in the company of the Summerhill and Wild Green Spaces teams. Dismember owl pellets to discover what species of small mammals lurk within. All equipment is provided. Age 8yrs and above. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Seaton Park Community Funday Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 1pm - 4pm Building on the success of last year’s ‘Games and the Garden’ event the Friends of Seaton Park would like you to join them for a fun packed Bank Holiday afternoon of carnival capers, crafts, activities, stalls and displays.

Groovy Grass Heads Tuesday 27th August 1pm - 3pm Explore the grasslands of Summerhill with the Countryside and Summerhill teams and make your own ‘Growing Grass Head’. Age 5 years and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Funky Flower Arranging Wednesday 28th August 1pm - 3pm

Batty About Bats Workshop Friday 30th August 10.30am - 12noon

Create your own beautiful funky fresh flower arrangement under the guidance of an expert. The cost of the workshops is £15 and includes materials and flowers. Booking essential, ring 01429 233950

Join the Wild Green Spaces team for a bat box making workshop to celebrate Bat Weekend. Make one to put up in the local parks and another for your garden. Booking essential ring 01429 853325.

Storybook Trail - Where the Wild Things are Wednesday 28th August 1pm - 4pm Embark on a journey to the land of the Wild Things in search of fantastic creatures in long lost places with the Countryside team. An afternoon of fun and adventure not to be missed. Bring a change of clothes and a snack. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

A Coastal Path of Heritage Thursday 29th August 9am - 3pm Enjoy the spectacular views of the Durham Coast along this 11 mile linear walk from Crimdon up to Seaham. Walking along the cliff tops, we will have the opportunity to explore different coastal settlements, each with their own story. When we arrive in Seaham, a free minibus will be waiting to return us to Crimdon. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

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Batty About Bats Discovery Walk Friday 30th August 8pm onwards Explore the nocturnal world of Ward Jackson Park in the company of ecologist Ian Bond and discover more about the different species of bats and moths that inhabit the park. Have a go using a bat detector and learn how to identify these fascinating flying mammals. Please bring a torch and wrap up warm. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Seal Walk Saturday 31st August 10am - 2pm Another chance to spy Teesmouth’s harbour seals when they are at their most abundant on a 5 mile walk from Greatham Village to Greatham Creek with the Countryside team. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325. Prepare for autumn by planting some autumn flowering bulbs from Stranton Nursery to help add lots of colour year after year.

Minibeast Safari Thursday 29th August 1pm - 3pm

September

Venture again down to the ‘underworld’ of Summerhill and find what’s lurking at your feet. Age 6yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Autumn Hedgerow Harvest Saturday 7th September 1pm - 3.30pm What is growing in our hedgerows, what is good to eat and drink? Join the Countryside and Summerhill Teams to explore the hedges of Summerhill. Ages 12yrs and above. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

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Rivermouth Ramble Monday 9th September 10am - 2pm

October

Join Steve Robbins and the Countryside team as they head off from Seaton Park for a fascinating 6 mile circular walk taking in Seaton Dunes and Teesmouth National Nature Reserve (Blue Lagoon). Discover what wildlife and historical artefacts are hidden within. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Wonderful Winter Baskets Wednesday 9th October 1pm - 3pm

Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Taster Day Hedgerow and Tree Maintenance Day Tuesday 10th September 10am - 3pm

Add a splash of colour to your garden with the addition of a wonderful winter hanging basket. Enjoy a demonstration by an expert followed by the chance to have a go and make a beautiful basket of your own using a range of hardy winter plants. The cost of the workshops is ÂŁ15 and includes materials and plants. Please wear old clothing and bring along gardening gloves and a trowel if you have one. Booking essential, ring 01429 233950.

Help to keep our young trees and hedgerow plants in a healthy condition by carrying out essential maintenance tasks including weeding, pruning and applying mulch. Meet at the central building within West View Cemetery. Transport available ring 01429 853325

Wind Down for Winter Wednesday 16th October 1.30pm - 3pm

The Return of Ratty Friday 20th September 10am - 2pm Please help us to improve the habitat for one of our much loved Wind in the Willows characters - Ratty. The Countryside and Wild Green Spaces teams will be working along the Family Wood beck to encourage the return of the water vole. Wear old clothing and suitable footwear. Give as much or as little time as you can; all equipment will be provided. Ring 01429 853325 for more details. Meet at the Family Wood entrance on Elwick Road.

Three Village Ramble Monday 30th September 10am - 3.30pm

Winter is approaching and your garden is winding down for its winter rest, but how do you prepare your garden for winter? Head over to Stranton Nursery for some free expert advice followed by a tour of the Nursery and the Lodge gardens.

Peninsula Wildlife Watch Saturday 19th October 1pm - 3pm For one day only join Natural England for this special event to see an area usually closed to the public, with amazing views of wildlife on Seal Sands. This event starts at Teesmouth Field Centre - transport will be provided by minibus to the site. Binoculars provided if required. Warm up afterwards with a hot drink at the Field Centre. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Why not soak up the last of the summer sun during a 7 mile leisurely stroll up through our local villages? Beginning at Summerhill we will visit Dalton Piercy, briefly stopping off at Elwick for a well earned rest (either on the Village Green or in the local pub!). The ramble will then continue up through Hart Village and on to Hart to Haswell Walkway where a free minibus will be waiting to return us. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch or money for a pub lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

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Bird and Seal Watch Sunday 20th October 1pm - 3pm

Beautiful Bulbs and Autumn Clean Up Wednesday 30th October 10am - 12noon

Watch the wildlife of Greatham Creek as the tide rises in the company of Teesmouth Field Centre and Natural England. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Join the Friends of Stranton Cemetery and the Countryside Team for an autumn clean up and a spot of bulb planting to provide a wonderful splash of colour to the Cemetery next spring. Meet at Stranton Cemetery Lodge, Tanfield Road.

Ghost Walk Friday 25th October 6.30pm - 8pm There are countless ghosts and stories of unexplained happenings associated with Hartlepool Headland. This is your chance to hear about some of the more gruesome tales on this walk led by Steve Robbins. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Besoms and Wands Wednesday 30th October 10am - 12noon & 1pm - 3pm. Fly down to Summerhill and collect your sticks and twigs from the site to make your own broom and magic wand (flying only allowed with a pilots licence!) in the company of the Summerhill and Countryside teams. Age 6yrs and above. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

Headland Sea Watch Wednesday 30th October 10am - 2pm Take in some fresh sea air and join in on a leisurely 5 mile walk through Crimdon Dene and up onto Hart Waren Dunes, continuing along the coast over to the historic cemetery Spion Kop and out onto the Headland. Here we will have the chance to see some seabirds and learn how to identify their characteristics. A free minibus will then be waiting to return us - but not before we have chance to pop into the local chippie! Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch if you don’t want chips! Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

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Rossmere Halloween Fright Night Thursday 31st October 5pm - 7pm Prepare to be scared as you spend an evening watching out for ghosts and ghouls on this spooky family Halloween walk organised by the Friends of Rossmere Park. Please bring a torch. Meet at: The Tea Gardens, Rossmere Park.

October is a busy time for gardeners. To fill your garden with colour next spring, plant bulbs from October to December, before the first frost. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinths and alliums are just some of the varieties available at Stranton Nursery. To add a splash of autumn colour to your garden why not choose a selection of plants from the winter bedding collection for your garden or hanging basket.

November Seaton Park Bonfire Night Bash Saturday 2nd November 4pm - 6pm Join in the Bonfire Night fun with the Friends of Seaton Park. Lots of fun family activities and a lantern parade around the park. Meet at Seaton Library.

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Autumn Bird Watch Friday 8th November 1pm - 3pm

A walk through Autumn Thursday 21st November 10am - 2pm

Join Natural England for this gentle stroll looking for the winter residents of the Teesmouth estuary at Seal Sands. There will be plenty of opportunities to see a variety of winter wading birds and possibly the resident population of common seals. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Discover more about this beautiful season on a 5 mile circular stroll up to the Howls ancient woodland, hidden away in Dalton Piercy. It’s an opportunity to admire the changing landscape and spectacular autumn colour along the way. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

Stranton Cemetery Historic Headstones Saturday 16th November 1pm - 2.30pm

National Tree Week Planting Events Saturday 23rd November Sunday 1st December

A short easy access walk around Stranton Cemetery with Steve Robbins and the Friends of Stranton Cemetery. Enjoy a selection of new and exciting historical tales unearthed by Steve. Booking essential, ring 01429 855560.

Check the local press, Council website and Parks notice boards for details of tree planting events held in your area during National Tree Week.

Volunteer Taster Day Coppicing at Summerhill Sunday 17th November 10am - 2.30pm Need some bean poles or pea sticks for the garden? Why not join the Countryside and Summerhill teams for a day of coppicing and a chance to find out more about volunteering. No experience necessary. Wear old waterproofs and stout footwear and bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 284584.

Bird and Seal Watch Sunday 17th November 9.30am - 11.30am View the wildlife of Seal Sands from the Hartlepool Power Station Hide in the company of Teesmouth Field Centre and the Countryside Team. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325. Why not plant a tree or a hedge during the winter months? Head over to Stranton Nursery to select from a range of native trees

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Christmas is Coming Day 1 Saturday 30th November 12noon - 3pm Celebrate the ‘treemendous’ trees in Ward Jackson Park and join the Friends of Ward Jackson Park and the Countryside team for a drop-in session to celebrate Tree Dressing Day. Create your own Christmas tree decorations from natural and recycled materials some to take home and some to decorate the Parks Christmas Wishing Tree. Meet at: The Place in the Park Cafe, Ward Jackson Park.

December Christmas is Coming Day 2 Sunday 1st December 10.30am -12.30pm Celebrate Tree Dressing Day with the the Friends of Seaton Park and the Countryside team. Create your own fabulous Christmas tree decorations from natural and recycled materials, some to dress Seaton Parks Christmas Wishing Tree and some to take home too! Meet at: The Bowls Pavilion, Seaton Park.

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A fabulous range of Christmas wreaths, arrangements and house plants are available throughout December from Stranton Nursery.

Gorgeous Garlands Sunday 8th December 10am - 12noon & 1pm - 3pm Make your own beautiful Christmas wreath using willow and other natural materials and greenery with a little help from the Countryside team. Cost: £7.50 per wreath. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325.

Midwinter Wander Thursday 12th December 10am - 3pm Why not get your walking boots and big coat on for a 6 mile circular wander from Summerhill Country Park to Elwick Village? Enjoy the winter wildlife as we make our way up the village pub where you can warm yourself up with a lunchtime treat before setting off again back to Summerhill. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch or money for a pub lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 523419.

Candlelight Concert Thursday 12th December 4.50pm for 5pm start Join the Friends of Stranton Cemetery for their annual concert of remembrance for people to come along and remember friends and family members at Christmas. Please wear warm clothing and bring a torch. Meet at Stranton Cemetery Lodge, Tanfield Road. In the event of bad weather this event will take place in the Crematorium Chapel.

Christmas Concert at Ward Jackson Park Friday 13th December 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Concert begins at 6.30pm) Drop into the Place in the Park and create some Christmas wishes for the parks Wishing Tree with the Countryside team before heading into the park with your torch to enjoy this festive torch lit Christmas Concert in the company of the Friends of Ward Jackson Park. Meet at: Ward Jackson Park Bandstand.

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Christmas Wreath Workshop Saturday 14th December 10am - 12noon & 1pm - 3pm Join the Countryside team to make your own traditional Christmas Wreath, using all kinds of festive greenery collected from around the town’s parks and green spaces. Booking essential, ring 01429 853325. Cost £7.50 per wreath.

Carols by Candlelight Saturday 14th December 6pm - 7pm Enter into the true spirit of Christmas by singing along to your favourite festive tunes followed by a chance to meet Santa in his grotto with the Friends of Rossmere Park. Meet at: The Tea Gardens, Rossmere Park.

Volunteer Taster day - Hedgelaying at Summerhill. Sunday 15th December 10am - 2.30pm Another chance to find out about volunteering with the Summerhill and Countryside teams. Have a go at Hedgelaying, no experience necessary. Wear old clothes and stout footwear and don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. Booking essential, ring 01429 284584.

Seaton Seasonal Singsong Saturday 21st December 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Singsong begins at 6.30pm) A wonderful opportunity to join the Friends of Seaton Park and the Countryside team for a crafty drop-in session to make Christmas wishes for the parks Wishing Tree followed by a sensational seasonal singsong. Meet at: The Bowls Pavilion

Kids Creative Christmas Monday 23rd December 10am - 11.30am & 1pm - 2.30pm Christmas is nearly here so relax, wind down and enjoy yourself making a selection of natural and recycled Christmas decorations and a table centrepiece with the Countryside team. For details of charges and to make a booking please ring 01429 284584.

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Flowers and plants for all occasions. Call in and select from a wide selection of Trees, Shrubs, Herbaceous plants, Alpines, House plants, Spring and Summer bulbs, Seasonal bedding plants, Hanging baskets and Planted pots Contact our expert in-house florists to create a bespoke funeral floral tribute, wedding flowers or a floral arrangement or bouquet to celebrate a special occasion. We stock a wide variety of garden furniture, urns and oak barrels, floral sundries, fruit and vegetable bags, vegetable seeds and items like composters to help recycling and the environment. Fresh cut flowers are also available at competitive prices

Opening hours Summer - April to September 9am - 5pm and Bank Holidays Winter - October to March 9am - 3.30pm Tanfield Road, Hartlepool, TS25 7DS Telephone: 01429 233950 46

Become a Friend Friends groups exist throughout the town to help look after and improve our local nature reserves, parks and green spaces. If you are interested in becoming involved in the development of an area near you the following groups would be delighted to hear from you:

Burn Valley Gardens Contact Dawn Robinson on 01429 244070 Friends of Rossmere Park Contact Tara Davison on 01429 855560 Friends of Seaton Park Contact James Coils on 07813 213609 Friends of Ward Jackson Park Contact Jane Rollo on 07952 149334 Or email friendsofwardjacksonpark@hotmail.co.uk Friends of North Cemetery Contact Irene Cross on 01429 855560 Friends of Spion Kop Cemetery Contact Liz Torley on 01429 428404 Friends of Stranton Cemetery Contact Irene Cross on 01429 855560 Or email friendsofstrantoncemetery@hotmail.co.uk Friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Dunes & Common Contact 01429 853325 Or email friendsofTSD&C@hotmail.co.uk 47


The Friends of Seaton Park invite you to help them improve and enjoy Seaton Park The Tees Valley Local Access Forum is working:

For volun teer days, please m eet at the notice bo ard in the car park

We meet regularly on Sunday’s from 10am until 2pm throughout the year to carry out various conservation and maintenance tasks to make it more attractive to wildlife and a brilliant place to visit. We also host a variety of exciting events for local residents and visitors to enjoy, so if you can spare a few hours to help out please contact James Coils on 07813 213609. We hope you will find something interesting in our 2013 programme: Sunday 10th February, 10am -l 2pm Dedicate a Tree in February Thursday 21st February, 10.30am - 12.30pm Bird Box Bash in Seaton Park (Booking essential) Wednesday 10th April, 12noon - 3pm Easter Treasure Hunt Sunday 21st April, 10am - 2pm Sensory Garden Thursday 30th May, 10.30am - 12noon Green Man Masks with the Wild Green Spaces team (Booking essential) Sunday 30th June, 10am - 2pm Seaton Park Pond and Borders Monday 26th August, 1pm - 4pm Seaton Park Community Funday Sunday 27th October, 10am - 2pm Bulb Planting and Sensory Garden

• Locally, with Stockton on Tees Borough Council, assisting with the successful bid to construct the Infinity Bridge across the River Tees • Regionally, with Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool Borough Councils to shape each Local Development Framework • Nationally, with Defra and Natural England to develop plans for Local Access If you would like to find out more, please contact the Forums Development Officer on (01429) 523472 at Hartlepool Borough Council, Parks and Countryside Team.

Public Rights of Way in Hartlepool Rights of Way can be found in towns, villages and the countryside which provide many opportunities to enjoy the natural environment. Some paths may be surfaced and many are tracks across countryside owned by farmers and landowners. The network in Hartlepool includes: • 84km of Footpaths for use on foot only • 6km of Bridleways for use by horseback, pedal cycle or on foot only • 6km of Byways open to all traffic (BOATs) for use by motor vehicles, horse and cart, horseback, pedal cycle or on foot. You can find the Rights of Way and permissive paths in Hartlepool and surrounding areas by looking at Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer map number 306. Alternatively you can obtain a free ‘Access and Cycling map’ for the Hartlepool area which shows paths and cycle routes through the town. The map is available from most council offices and the Tourist Information Centre. Many of the Hartlepool routes are also included in Self-Guided Walking leaflets which can be downloaded from the Councils’ website. Please contact the Access team on 01429 523419 if you would like to receive a free copy of the Access and Cycling map.

Saturday 2nd November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm Bonfire Night Bash Sunday 24th November, 10am - 2pm Tree planting Sunday 1st December, 10.30am - 12.30pm Tree Dressing Saturday 21st December, 5.30pm - 7.30pm Seaton Seasonal Singsong

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Useful Contact numbers Countryside and Wild Green Spaces team Telephone: 01429 853325 Email: countrysidewardens@hartlepool.gov.uk and wildgreenspaces@hartlepool.gov.uk Parks & Recreation Grounds Telephone: 01429 284124 Summerhill Telephone: 01429 284584 Email: summerhill@hartlepool.gov.uk Hartlepool Beach Lifeguard Service Make sure you always swim at Lifeguard patrolled beaches between the RED and YELLOW FLAGS.

Countryside Access Telephone: 01429 523419 Email: countrysideaccess@hartlepool.gov.uk

We are now looking to recruit Beach Lifeguards for the 2013 Season

HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Teesmouth Field Centre Telephone: 01429 264912 Email: fieldcentre@teesmouth.freeserve.co.uk

Are you a strong swimmer? Are you alert and observant? Are you a good communicator? Could you be relied on in an emergency? Are you available for work in the summer?

Natural England (Teesmouth) Telephone: 01429 853325 Hartlepool Natural History Society Telephone: 01642 701730

Can you work weekends? IF YES THEN WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Ideally you will hold a current RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualification, however suitable candidates will receive full training to achieve this award. For more information please contact Debbie Kershaw on 01429 523412 beach.safety@hartlepool.gov.uk The Council offers a ‘Various Rights’ scheme, which offers traders of children’s attractions to tender for sites at the Seaton Carew Paddling Pool for the Summer and Winter seasons, for more information please contact the Parks and Countryside team on 01429 523412. The Council is also happy to consider granting permission for the sale of goods/food etc from mobile stalls etc in appropriate locations. To discuss how permission can be obtained please ring the Council’s Licensing Team on 01429 523354.

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Hartlepool Natural History Society The Hartlepool naturalists meet up once a month for talks and activities in Hartlepool’s Art Gallery, Church Square. Indoor meetings are held from January until April and from September through to December (inclusive) and are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm to 9pm. Outdoor field trips are held over the summer to places both within Hartlepool and further afield. Times and dates of outdoor meetings vary, but full details are provided in the club’s monthly newsletter, The Spine. Anyone with an interest in nature is welcome to attend any of the indoor meetings. For details of the next meeting or how to join, contact the Club Secretary, Russell Mc Andrew on 01429 277291.

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Countryside and Wild Green Spaces Events Programme 2013 This document is available on request in alternative formats (eg. Large type / Braille / on tape). We can also arrange versions in other languages. If you would like an alternative version please contact us. 01429 853325. This booklet has been funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme. Disclaimer Events, their times and details were correct at the time of going to print. These may change and Hartlepool Borough Council does not accept liability for these changes.

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