MOLD school pupils have had their say on how a town heritage site should be revamped.

With the redevelopment work on Bailey Hill due to start in the New Year, foundation phase pupils at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia have been exploring ideas on how they would redevelop the site. After months of planning and discussions, parents of the children were invited into school on November 21 so the pupils could showcase their ideas and work.

The children’s imagination has shone through in the plans, with some of the ideas including: changing the custodian’s cottage to a café and craft centre, with the outer bailey becoming Mold’s dog park, including essentials such as dog bins, pond and a pet shop.

The inner bailey was transformed into the Amazing Mold Maze, bordered by a miniature train track.

The children’s play area became the adventure park, featuring a skate park and trampoline; with the reconstruction of Mold Castle pride of place on top of the motte and re-purposed to the Old Bailey Hill Museum.

Jo Lane, Bailey Hill project officer was invited to the event.

She said: “Although some of the fabulous ideas presented by the children are out of reach of the Bailey Hill regeneration project, it was great to see all the similarities between the children’s plans and the plans for the Bailey Hill.

“The cottage will become a public place for a variety of activities, including crafts, the children’s play area is being replaced by a larger more adventure park and we hope to establish many nature trails around the Bailey.”

Kate Eastman, acting foundation phase manager, said: “The children have worked incredibly hard to develop their ideas for the re-imagining of the Bailey Hill.

“It is a place they know very well and care very much about.

“Through hands-on learning inside the classroom and outside in our Forest School, they became confident and well-equipped to make a detailed proposal for the site. We are very proud of all that they have achieved.”

o For more information on the Bailey Hill project, contact Jo Lane on 01352 758532 or follow the project on Facebook: @BaileyHillProjectOfficer and twitter: @bh_officer.

The Bailey Hill Project is being funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Leader Project Funding through Cadwyn Clywd, Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS) and Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme.