A weekend of celebrations at Countess of Chester Country Park

10th August 2017

The Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park have started summer in style with a host of celebratory community events.

The first, on the evening of Friday 4th August, was the opening of the new Park Ranger Hut. Sue Loughran, a former member of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) team at Chester, did the honours. Several members of staff and volunteers from TCV and the Land Trust, who manage and own the park respectively, attended alongside members of the Friends group.

Into the evening, Tony Parker of Liverpool Museum led a bat walk and helped the group set out small mammal traps. Sadly, only one lonely shrew was caught and released the next morning, but it was an interesting activity nevertheless.

On Saturday 5th August, following the weekly Chester parkrun, the Friends hosted their annual Picnic in the Park. Attended by dozens of people from across the city, it brought everyone together to enjoy the natural environment on their doorstep.

Several local organisations came along to spread the word about their work, and there were activities including junk drumming, Nordic walking and Viking re-enactments. Hyacinth the ice cream van was also present.

Morag Scargill of the Friends group said: “It was a really successful day and even the weather was on our side!

“The thing that really made the day was the number of people who came along to support it and have fun! Judging by all the feedback, young and old had a wonderful time –we learnt such a lot about so many things including how to make music using old plastic containers and how to recycle them correctly afterwards!”

Cllr Jill Houlbrook, who supported the event, added: “A brilliant day, so many people enjoying the sun and fun.”

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Countess of Chester Country Park ranger hut opening (c) Andy Scargill


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