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Celebrating Dragon Park Enhancements


County Durham school children are benefitting from improvements to a community park.

Durham County Council’s Find and Fix team has spruced up Dragon Park in Durham by

carrying out landscaping work and installing picnic benches and new sculptures designed

by a local artist.




The project involved the council, Gilesgate Residents’ Association and Laurel Avenue

Community Primary School working together to enhance the area. It was funded through

the Neighbourhood Budgets of local councillors, Cllr Christine Fletcher and Cllr Lesley

Mavin, as well as Section 106 developer funds. A total of £6,000 was delivered via

Durham Area Action Partnership.


Cllr Mark Wilkes, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change, said: “We are

committed to working alongside our partners to enhance our green spaces for the benefit

of our communities. Being able to enjoy our parks, countryside and community spaces not

only has benefits for our physical health but promotes positive wellbeing and helps to bring

people together.”


To celebrate the completion of the project, children from nearby Laurel Avenue Community

Primary School enjoyed a celebration day at the park accompanied by Tidy Ted, from the

council’s Civic Pride team.


Pupils took part in craft activities before exploring the new sculptures. They also enjoyed a

story written by local resident Carole Lattin, of a dragon who loved and protected the park,

which was delivered by storyteller David Elliott Cooper.


The school plans to use the space for future Forest School lessons, allowing the pupils to

explore their natural environment and learn more about the benefits of the outdoors.


Cllr Wilkes added: “It is fantastic to see school children are already enjoying the

improvements at Dragon Park. Hopefully, they will follow in the footsteps of the dragon in

loving the area where they live and growing up to do their bit to help protect and enhance

the park for future generations too.


“I also want to say particular thanks to Carole Lattin and her colleagues for the incredible

amount of work they have put in.”