WHITBY Park will be going back to its roots when a series of long-grass meadows are created this summer.
The areas, running almost all the way around the 20-hectare site, will encourage wildlife into the park, which is a designated local nature reserve.
Fifty bollards have been installed so visitors know that the grass is supposed to be long.
Peter Campbell, the borough council's park development officer, said: 'We hope that with the development of the Volunteer Ranger Service, that schools, local enthusiasts and other groups such as the Scouts or Guides can help in bug hunts and butterfly counts. This will help us monitor any increases in plant and insect life that the long grass should bring to the park.'
He added: 'I'd like to thank the people from STAR (Sheltered Training and Rehabilitation), who have helped create the bollards. STAR work with people recovering from severe mental health problems and this has benefited them in terms of practical experience and self confidence.'
Whitby Park has undergone a £1m refurbishment over the past eight months and is now just weeks away from the official launch.
For more information on the park's long grass areas, or details of how to become a volunteer ranger, contact Peter Campbell on 0151 356 6554 or email peter. firstname.lastname@example.org