Despite the difficult decisions taken in February surrounding the county borough’s 11 country parks, the new model going forward from April is seen to be both sustainable and manageable – whilst continuing to provide a quality experience for visitors.

When the proposals were first put forward many thought it signalled the end of our country parks – “they will close”, “the animals will go” or “no more events.” These are all reasonable fears as no-one likes change – especially to one of our most loved services.

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Whilst there is a change to the management and running of the parks, a recent report to all council members has outlined the model for the future – and it doesn’t make bad reading and answers some of the fears that were originally raised.

“Work with local farmers”

The 11 parks will most certainly continue to be open to the public, and with support from Streetscene staff they will be maintained and landscaped, and weeding and planting will still take place, as will grass cutting and mowing.

The animals at Tŷ Mawr will remain, with future investment going into the small animal and pet enclosure. We will also continue to promote and work with local farmers to bring in sheep and cows for grazing to provide visitors with the farming experience.

Friends and Association groups will also continue, as will the Junior Rangers, and we will continue to work with community councils to explore opportunities going forward into the future.

“Exciting events programme”

There’s also an exciting events programme planned, with activities this Easter in Acton Park, Bellevue Park, Tŷ Mawr, Alyn Waters, Ponciau Banks and Nant Mill.

The summer months will see the popular Music in the Park at Bellevue continue, as well as fun days and events for all age groups. Events continue throughout the year and you can find out more about planned activities here

Green flags will continue to fly, although it’s expected the one at Nant Mill will be lost in favour of one at the refurbished Victorian Cemetery on Ruabon Road.

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Change is always difficult and as Government cuts continue they will get even more difficult in the future. Our model going forward is, I believe, both sustainable and manageable and will continue to provide a quality visitor experience whilst surrounded by stunning scenery.”

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