One of South Derbyshire’s most popular tourist attractions is to open a new splash park ahead of the hot summer. Conkers, in Rawdon Road, Moira, near Swadlincote, is opening its new Conkers Cove splash park which features interactive bubbling jets, a pirate ship and other water activities. All of the activities are powered by movement, so the more children explore, the wetter they will get, a spokesman for the attraction said.
The splash park has been backed by North West Leicestershire Council and The National Forest Charitable Trust and will be open during the Easter holidays. Nicky Carlton, general manager at Conkers, said: “We’re delighted to announce the opening of our new Conkers Cove splash park, where kids and families will be able to enjoy a splashtastic water day out, whatever the weather.
“From the newly-installed fun and engaging pieces scattered across the brightly colored cove, with the clever installation for inclusive play, Conkers is looking forward to welcoming children and adults of all abilities to come along and enjoy yet another great experience on their day out .
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“We’ve recently seen the first glimpses of warmer weather and look forward to great fun and interactive play in the new splash park this year.” And it is not the only draw for tourists visiting the attraction after it announced a new garden straight from the Chelsea Flower Show will be installed.
The garden has been designed by award-winning landscape designer Joe Perkins and will be transferred to Conkers after featuring at the show May 24 to 28,, It will be installed at the Conkers Discovery Centre. Here, Called the Meta Garden: Growing the Future will have been viewed by thousands who visit the coveted gardening show, where only the very best designers get to create gardens. When it arrives at Conkers it will go on to be viewed by the nine million visitors who go to the National Forest attraction each year.
The garden will feature a complex pavilion structure that represents the mycelium – a root-like structure of a fungus- networks that connect and support woodland life and a central seating area sunken within the environment rather than imposed above it. Moving it from Chelsea in London will also support the community woodlands work of the National Forest, with the garden being cared for by local volunteers. It poses an opportunity for visitors to show how the garden’s resources are being reused, to boost the local economy, improve the environment and offer a new outdoor learning space in the Heart of the National Forest, said a spokesman.
John Everitt, chief executive of the National Forest Company which runs Conkers, said: “This is a forest of people as much as the trees. It is the people that have come together over the past 30 years to create the Forest, like nature’s mycelium network that underpins our biodiversity. We believe in the power of trees to transform people’s lives as well as the landscape, and will be excited to see Joe Perkins’s Meta garden relocated here. It will provide a lasting inspiration for our communities and visitors, and a showcase for how we can all live more sustainably.”
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