Holiday park strengthens ties with local community

A Berwick in the Community initiative launched by the town's biggest holiday centre has been hailed a roaring success.

Saturday, 2nd July 2016, 08:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 11:38 am
Outdoor activities arranged by Berwick Holiday Park.

The idea was conceived by Berwick Holiday Park with the aim of establishing closer ties with the local community.

General manager Ross Birkett said: “We wanted to strengthen our links with the community and in particular local schools. Most of our team are from Berwick and have either attended the schools themselves or have children or grandchildren who do.”

So far the park is working with three schools – Tweedmouth West First School, Berwick Middle School and The Grove School in Tweedmouth.

Berwick’s park ranger, Brian O’Brien, visited Tweedmouth West to work with Year 1 and 2 students making bird boxes and since then children from each class have visited the park to take part in activities such as rock pooling, bush craft and bug hunts.

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In addition, the park arranged a free pool party for Year 2 students to say well done for working so hard on their SATs.

At Berwick Middle School, team members and holiday home owners with their children have helped to create a nature trail and garden and outdoor classroom.

Brian said: “Our owner families have really enjoyed this project; the children in particular have put in a lot of hard work.

“As well as digging out and laying the trail, they have made log piles, a beetle stack, bug hotel and a Bee B&B. They spent a lot of time hand-painting nature signs and made some bird boxes as gifts.”

Some of the young people from the Grove visited the Park last week and had a great time bowling and playing in the arcade.

The park is putting together a nature package for students of all abilities to take part in and will work with the school to develop areas of the school for attracting wildlife and habitat creations.

The school has never had a prom and the owners team have been hard at work running fundraising events and so far have raised £350.