Seaton Heritage
Copyright © 2013 - John Rogers (I.T. Solutions)
The formation of the Friends of Seaton Park

The Friends of Seaton Park held their first meeting on 8th September 2010, adopting a
constitution on 4th November 2010. The Friends are made up of a group of local people all
passionate about promoting and improving Seaton Park for the entire community.
The group have made great progress over the years, with their greatest achievements to
date being the writing of an ambitious master plan for the park and the construction of a
sensory garden.

The Master plan was created in 2011 and includes potential future improvements for the
park. The plans include areas of increased biodiversity and improved games and play
facilities. The group have worked closely with the Wild Green Spaces team from Hartlepool
Borough Council and charity Groundwork North East. Since producing the plan a wetland
area has been installed and trees have been planted throughout the park. This park is a
great place to see wildlife and the recently installed dipping platform means the local
schools can make the most of the pond and park as a learning resource.

The sensory garden was installed in 2012 and officially opened on Sunday 26th August during
a fun day held by the Friends of Seaton Park. The day was kicked off by Hartlepool United
striker James Poole and the garden was officially opened by Alan Lloyd of Hereema and
Peter Gardner of BP. Hereema donated a generous £20000 towards the construction of the
£25000 garden, making the project possible for the Friends. The garden is planted with
strong smelling plants like lavender and also has a variety of fruit bushes for locals to enjoy.
The garden is fully accessible to people of all abilities.

The group now holds an annual fun day on the August bank holiday in the park to celebrate
the park and the work that has been completed that year.
The Friends are continuing their work to improve Seaton Park and have some
exciting plans for the future, so watch this space.
aerial view 1924
Fun Day Photos
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