A new play area was officially opened today at Abbotts Walk by the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter, and Olympic athlete, Iwan Thomas.

The play area is the home of Wonky the Woodpecker, who has made friends with a number of animals since arriving in Winchester, but won’t tell people their names. Instead, he has hidden clues around the play areas of Winchester to help people find out what they’re called.

Parents and children are invited to visit the play areas to find the clues while exploring Winchester on foot. There are three trails (one for each of the animals) and prizes are available for completing each of the trails and finding the names.

Full details of the initiative, which is part of Winchester City Council’s Feet First programme to encourage walking, can be found on the WCC website