Grant from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund gives Derbyshire playground a new lease of life

August 17, 2021

Residents of Litton, in Derbyshire, are looking forward to their community playground being complete refurbished, thanks to a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.

The project was awarded nearly £47,000 from the fund, which helped Litton Parish Council and the Litton Playground Committee reach their fundraising target of £52,000.

The playground is to be given a complete makeover, with two new climbing frames, swings, slides, a seesaw, and play panels. In addition, the current roundabout will be moved to make the playground more user friendly.

Councillor Rachel Rennie said: “We are over the moon to receive this grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. We can now look forward to installing more long-lasting equipment to update the playground for younger and older children and prevent the frequent mending some of the current equipment requires.

“The Playground Committee is now set to fundraise for the last phase of the project which includes pruning the trees for safety and turning a grassy slope into a wildflower meadow to help local wildlife thrive.

“We are hoping that the new playground will be ready in the autumn so that the children will have a chance to enjoy it before winter sets in.”

Councillor Gordon Rooke added: “The new playground will provide more play value to the children based on what they said they wanted when they were asked at the beginning of the project. We are all excited by the plans and grateful to Tarmac for providing the funds.”

Graham Cooper, lime business director for Tarmac, visited the playground to hear more about the project. Graham said: “It’s easy to see how important this local facility is in providing the children with an outside space to play. We look forward to seeing the new playground when it’s open and buzzing with the sound of children enjoying themselves.”