Enjoy the Wakefield experience

Date: 28/07/2014

As a part of Love Parks Week, Wakefield Council is launching its very first podcast, meaning people can have a personal guide on their phone or other electronic device as they enjoy one of the district's best-loved country parks.

The podcast will include an audio guide of the Waterton Trail at Anglers Country Park with commentary provided by the Countryside and Interpretation team.

The trial will be broken up into several exciting and knowledgeable chapters directing listeners when to pause and play whilst walking along the route, with markers highlighting nearby wildlife, climbing areas and much more.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities said: "This is a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about the Waterton Trail and will include a closer look at how wildlife expert David Attenborough's hero, Charles Waterton, established the world first nature reserve, making it a must-see for nature lovers.

"This innovative podcast will enhance visitors' experience by providing detailed commentary on one of Wakefield's beautiful landscapes – picking up on timeless history with a commemoration of a 100 year anniversary of Charles' death."

The podcast will be available to download free from iTunes and can also be listened to via the Council's website. There are also QR codes along the route for visitors to easily scan and listen to the relevant chapter.

Love Parks Week starts from July 25 to August 3 and celebrates the wonderful green spaces across the district.

The Anglers country park has just been awarded the green flag for the 7th consecutive year along with Haw Park Wood, near Wintersett, which has also received a flag for the 8th consecutive year. The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Cllr Cummings added: "We are delighted that our Parks have been recognised with the Green Flag Awards – which highlights these lovely green spaces of Wakefield for residents to enjoy."

Keep Britain Tidy's Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

For more details or to listen to the podcast online visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/podcast