MP labels ambitious eco-friendly country park is ‘fantastic’

IMPRESSED -- MP Mark Spencer (second right) with (from left) project officer David Goodall, Penny Altham, of Rural Community Action, and Big Lottery Fund duo Anthony Thistleton-Smith and Mick McGrath -- DISPIC NHUD11-1851-2.
IMPRESSED -- MP Mark Spencer (second right) with (from left) project officer David Goodall, Penny Altham, of Rural Community Action, and Big Lottery Fund duo Anthony Thistleton-Smith and Mick McGrath -- DISPIC NHUD11-1851-2.

ENTHUSIASTIC MP Mark Spencer has labelled the ambitious Newstead and Annesley Country Park “fantastic” after a visit to the groundbreaking project.

Mr Spencer, whose constituency includes Hucknall and Newstead, told volunteers behind the scheme that he was looking forward to it being opened to the public.

The centrepiece of the park is an eco-friendly visitor-centre, built with features including a wall made from recycled tyres.

Mr Spencer said: “It will be a fantastic base for people to go and enjoy the countryside, to get out, stretch their legs and get some fresh air.”

Plans to create a country park on a former colliery spoil tip between Newstead and Annesley are progressing well.

The Newstead Enterprise organisation is overseeing the £430,000 project with the help of volunteers. The site already boasts wild birds, flowers and butterflies, while the eco-build visitor-centre is set to attract both tourists and school parties.

The park, which has received National Lottery funding, will also host the second Headstock music festival in September.

Mr Spencer went on to praise the Newstead community for creating something that would be an asset to the village.

He said: “They are a shining example of what can be achieved with community cohesion. When it is completed, I am sure the whole village will feel a lot of ownership of the project.