WALK IN THE PARK: Ex­plore so­lar sys­tem at the lido

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YOU may not ex­pect to be able to ex­plore the plan­ets of our so­lar sys­tem while you take a walk around Ruis­lip Lido but that’s ex­actly what Hilling­don Coun­cil is of­fer­ing visi­tors this sum­mer.

New dis­plays plot the plan­ets with pho­to­graphs, text and au­dio de­scrip­tions along the trail of the 60-acre lake.

Hilling­don Coun­cil worked with the West of Lon­don Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety and sign mak­ers Glyph­ics to cre­ate the dis­play, which fea­tures a scale model of the so­lar sys­tem.

The jour­ney be­gins with the sun, which is lo­cated op­po­site the new boathouse, and the other plan­ets are plot­ted in or­der, out­wards from the sun. Each is marked by an in­for­ma­tive dis­play board which fea­tures in­for­ma­tion and pic­tures taken from space­craft, or as viewed in the sky from earth.

A dwarf planet and a comet are also in­cluded.

At each board a QR code is avail­able to scan with mobile de­vices, which link to the trail’s au­dio guide.

Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, said: “This new in­ter­ac­tive walk is the lat­est ini­tia­tive in the Coun­cil’s Lido im­prove­ment pro­gramme which we hope res­i­dents of all ages will en­joy.

“The trail of­fers a real learn­ing op­por­tu­nity and a dif­fer­ent way to ex­pe­ri­ence the lake, which we hope res­i­dents of all ages will en­joy.

“This pro­ject forms part of the coun­cil’s lido en­hance­ment pro­ject, which con­tin­ues to im­prove ac­cess and fa­cil­i­ties at this out­stand­ing site.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hilling­don.gov. uk/walk­the­p­lan­ets.

n OUT OF THIS WORLD: Visi­tors to Walk the Plan­ets pic­tured here learn about Earth and Saturn

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