Park in Bishop Auckland given makeover

A historic park in the centre of Bishop Auckland has been given a new lease of life.

Tittybottle Park on Cockton Hill Road was once used by local nursemaids from the surrounding houses at Cockton Hill, giving the park its name.

Now it is hoped the underused park will once again be a place residents will use again.

Anti-social behaviour and overgrown trees and shrubs had seen a decline in use.

Mayoress Lesley Zair, councillor Sam Zair and a team from Durham County Council worked with Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust and young people undergoing Future Jobs Fund training to see trees and shrubs cut back, landscaping improved and new seating installed.

Lesley Zair, Bishop Auckland Town Councillor, said: “This historic park makes a pretty addition to Bishop Auckland. It builds on our heritage and is a great asset for locals and visitors alike.”

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