Hardwick Park - SwansHardwick Park in Sedgefield has received a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Mark which recognises good quality outdoor educational provision in a safe environment.

The education team at the park has been working towards this quality mark over the past six months and is a nationally recognised honour awarded by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

The award is used by school teachers looking to be assured of a safe outdoor learning environment to conduct lessons. Hardwick Park has a custom designed education room and Yurt which schools can book for their sessions.

The park also boasts a broad programme of school sessions throughout the year with all being tailored to key subjects on the national curriculum.

Darryl Cox, principle parks and countryside ranger with Durham County Council said: “This is a great development and success for the team.

“It is a testament to their hard work and dedication to outdoor education as a means to develop a lifelong interest in the natural world and promote a sense of wellbeing”

For more information on The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom visit http://www.lotc.org.uk/