Unique community amphitheatre opening at a heritage site

A three year project to create an outdoor community space beside Apedale Heritage Centre is nearing completion.

Unique community amphitheatre opening at a heritage site
A three year project to create an outdoor community space beside Apedale Heritage Centre is nearing completion.

The Apedale Bowl has been created on part of the historic Apedale Mine near Chesterton, surrounded by Apedale Country Park – 184 hectares of open space, meadows, woodlands and scenic walks.

The Apedale trustees came up with the plan to transform the disused patch of land behind theirwindows 10 product key Heritage Centre into something useable, but the sloping, steep site had been subject to subsidence, which meant it would be a challenging project.

The trustees initially secured £10,000 from the Realise Foundation, and further funding from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund (£39,500) brought the total to £49,500 to complete the project.

The Apedale Bowl area is now available for all members of the public to enjoy, as well as benefitting local special needs groups in the area.

It is a seating area shaped like an amphitheatre, with planting, raised beds and sensory zones.

The space will be used for community sessions, helping to develop skills, confidence and knowledge about environmental sustainability, healthy eating and recycling.Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Newcastle Countryside Project and Regent College all helped to design the space and they will attend the opening event on Friday October 2 at 12.30pm.

Guest of honour Newcastle Borough Mayor, Councillor Sandra Hambleton will perform the opening and countywindows10explained.com Councillor Derrick Huckfield who has supported the project from the outset, will also be attending.