Isabel's initial park plan
In the past year, outdoor spaces have proven to be a haven for local communities across the country and has allowed us to really value these spaces for ourselves and those around us. Twelve-year-old Isabel Young is a shining example of what can be achieved in the local community. Brewers were more than happy to get involved with her idea to provide an outdoor space for our most loved companions – dogs!
In the heart of Hellingly lies Hellingly Country Park, a beautiful place for children, dogs and even cricketers to enjoy some fresh air and open spaces. Twelve-year-old Isabel also enjoyed the park and would visit every day with her family and dog Cassie during lockdown. The children’s area was relocated nearer to the newly established Community Hub, so Isabel saw great potential in the space that was the children’s play area previously.
Isabel decided that it was the perfect space for a dog agility course; her family have had previous experience in dog agility and Isabel would love to be a dog trainer when she’s older. There are also lots of dog walkers in the area, so it would be a great space for the local dog loving community as well. Isabel began drawing up detailed plans to present to Hellingly Parish Council who were very impressed and gave the green light to utilise the space for a dog agility course.
Hellingly Dog Park located behind Hellingly Community Hub
The local community were also really enthusiastic about the project. Local businesses and residents near to the park gladly donated resources, so most of the obstacles are made from recycled materials. Brewers were also happy to get involved as some non-slip paint was required for parts of the course. Cuprinol Decking Stain was used in red and green to colour certain parts of the obstacles. If a dog touches the red and green zones, they have successfully completed that part of the course and can move onto the next obstacle!
Isabel has been spending a lot of time at the dog park training Cassie and hopes to hold competitions and training sessions in the future.