A dinosaur-themed park is being planned for one of Chelmsford’s major outdoor attractions, Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park in South Woodham Ferrers, and looks set to feature some of the most iconic prehistoric beasts, such as the stegosaurus and the velociraptor.
Essex Live reports that the park was the idea of James Sinclair, the owner of Partyman, the company that took over the 50-acre Marsh farm site in 2013, which now receives around 250,000 visitors a year, according to its website. The scheme is being marketed as a useful educational tool for children and schools.
According to plans submitted to Chelmsford City Council, the dinosaur-themed attraction will form part of children’s educational experience at Marsh Farm, providing both ‘recreational and educational opportunities within a themed environment’.
The plans also suggest that the attraction will help schools within Key 1 and 2 to help encourage learning with fossil hunts, dinosaur jigsaws, and bone puzzles.
The proposed park will include small scale replicas of dinosaurs, a climbing wall, and the plans show ideas for a Brachiosaurus with eggs in one section, Plateosaurus, Vulcandon and a raptor in another.
Other areas include a Stegosaurus facing off against a Velociraptor, a triceratops and baby, an Allosaurus and a Stegosaurus.
The entrance to the park appears to have heavily borrowed from the gates featured in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park.
The planning application states that there is a change of use of land and buildings at the site, to allow the dinosaur park to be built for visitors to the farm to enjoy.
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