Park & Gardens
The gardens were originally designed by John and Joséphine Bowes and the formal parterre garden complements this unique building. Today you can explore acres of parkland, enjoy a private picnic or go for a peaceful stroll around the grounds, where there are specimen trees from all over the world.
The park has recently undergone a £200,000 redevelopment which includes new play equipment i.e. a climbing frame, balancing log and bars, slides, large bucket swing, stepping stones, bridge beam, mini climbing wall and monkey bars. Visitors can also stroll along improved woodland walks around the perimeter of the grounds - which are accessible by wheelchair and buggies - discovering for themselves the abundance of fur and feather wildlife, newly created bird boxes and well established trees en route.
The grounds are open to the public seven days a week and can be accessed free of charge. The redevelopment has been funded primarily by the County Durham Environmental Trust who gave the project a CDENT Premier Award of £187,000 under the Landfill Communities Fund. The project was also supported by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and Teesdale Action Partnership. The park was designed by TGP Landscape Architects (North) Ltd, while the contractor was Trevor Atkinson & Co. Signage was by Marcus Byron Interpretation and Design.
A further play area with climbing frame was added in 2013 with funding from the Rural Development Programme for England , LEADER (EU).
Events take place in the grounds throughout the year including theatre performances; seasonal markets; story telling; car rallies and The Stone Festival.
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