Buster the Steposauraus and Reqs the fire dog spotted on the Family Trail at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage

Published: 13 May 2019

Children and families took part in the trail last weekend around the lake at Fairlands Valley Park, where they collected clues while stopping to visit stands on their way round.  The popular and free event, organised by Hertfordshire County Council and Stevenage Borough Council, as part of Stevenage Walking Festival, proved very successful and saw nearly 700 people take part.

Budding trail walkers were given a sheet to fill out as they found clues, which were pictures of wildlife accompanied by facts. Completed sheets were exchanged for a free furry bug toy as well as being entered into the free prize draw, with a top prize of a Micro Scooter.

Supported by a number of partners including Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Police and Herts Boat Rescue Service, the festival was designed to encourage children and their parents to be active, safe and healthy whilst enjoying all that the park has to offer. Buster the Steposauraus and Reqs, Hertfordshire’s fire investigation dog, were around on the day for pictures and to help look for clues.

Simon Aires, Assistant Director for transport, waste and environment at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Children and families have enjoyed taking part in the family trail. All the stands were very popular and helped to make this real a community focused event.

“A big thank you to all those organisations involved in making this event so successful and we hope this will be the start of an annual event.”

A spokesperson for Stevenage Borough Council said: “The event was a huge success with over 700 people in attendance. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the community. All donations from the event have been given to TRACKS Autism - a specialist early years centre in Stevenage.”

May is walking month in Hertfordshire and over 217 schools will be taking part in Walk to School Week running from 20 – 24 May. To find out more contact the Active and Safer Travel Team at Hertfordshire County Council who work with schools across the county on a range of road safety and sustainable travel initiatives. Please contact them on activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk