District Council and partners join forces for week-long safety events

Posted on: Friday, June 7, 2024

Newark and Sherwood District Council has once again partnered up with Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to host educational sessions dedicated to safety.

The first weeklong event is being held at Sconce and Devon Park from Monday 10 June until Friday 14 June. The following week the same sessions will be held at Vicar Water Country Park from Tuesday 18 June until Friday 21 June.

Activities and talks during the sessions are being run by officers from the District Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottinghamshire Police, VIA, Sherwood Forest, RLNI, Hope, and Newark Community First Aid.

As the first of the events falls within the week of the Great Big Green Week sessions will also celebrate the park and the wildlife and nature it is home to! There will also be planting sessions, with attendees heading home with a species to plant in their own garden, a session about wildlife crime and a Motion for the Ocean treasure hunt.

Matthew Finch, Director of Communities and Environment at Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “These sessions are a great way to educate and inform people about safety and really getting those important messages across in an interactive way that people can enjoy as they learn.”

“As always it is fantastic to work with our partners to improve our communities and create a safe Newark and Sherwood.”

Inspector Charlotte Ellam, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood said: “We’re really pleased to be able to work with our local partners on this important education project for young people across Newark and Sherwood.

“Our officers will be holding sessions around wildlife and rural crime each day across the two weeks, which we anticipate around 1,000 school children are due to attend and benefit from.

“Keeping people safe is our top priority as a police force, so we’re always keen to get involved in anything like this that can make a positive difference to our communities.”

Michelle Broll, District Prevent Officer at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “This is an amazing opportunity to reach hundreds of year six students across the Newark and Sherwood District. 

“We are looking forward to explaining the dangers of fire and water safety using local crews and showcasing our Mobile Risky Room workstation.

“Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service will be getting the event off to a great start with our active warm-up session delivered by Fire Service personnel raising the young people’s energy levels before the big day.”

The District Council wants to warn residents that during the week of these events there could be reduced parking and some areas of the parks may not be accessible. Please be mindful of dogs off leads around these areas if you do visit the park during this time.