Bad weather hits Staunton Country Park numbers

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THE number of visitors to a country park was down earlier this year due to poor weather.

Visitor numbers at Staunton Country Park in Havant were down by more than a third during April on the previous year.

May was also affected, but good weather in July helped matters when visitor numbers were almost double last year.

The figures are detailed in a report due to go before the management committee of Staunton Country Park, which is run by Hampshire County Council.

In his report park manager Gordon Gardner said the park had a ‘tough start to the new financial year’.

His report says Staunton had 53,207 visitors in the first four months of the financial year – a fall of more than 1,500 on last year.

But the number of people becoming members has shot up.

Memberships have brought in almost £60,000 this year – up by a third on last year’s figure.

Staunton now has 4,953 members.

Mr Gardner’s report adds that ‘the young alpacas and llamas have been a real hit’ this year.

He adds: ‘We have won lottery funding to carry out a school project to design and make stained glass windows for the Gothic Library.

‘It will incorporate local history with art and design.

‘The project will start in September and aims to be completed for November.’