A grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund has helped to transform a play park in the village of Barnstone, Nottinghamshire.
The donation of almost £20,000 assisted the Parish Council and Play Park Committee in completing the first stage of the project, which included replacing outdated equipment and refurbishing some of the existing equipment for the 2–11-year-old age group.
Stephanie Walker, local resident and organiser of the Play Park Committee said: “With so much disappointment for children at the moment with lockdown and being isolated from friends, it is fantastic that that we have been able to provide a new place and something local children can enjoy. We are excited for phase two and to see how we can include the community in the project with the ideas we have.”
Tim Hotchin of Tarmac’s nearby Barnstone cement plant added: “It was fantastic to go along and see the new play park busy with children really enjoying using all the new equipment. We are delighted to have supported this fantastic scheme through our Landfill Communities Fund, and to see what a big difference it is making to the local community in Barnstone.”
To ensure the play equipment met the needs of local children, the parish council firstly carried out a consultation on its plans with parents through Langar Primary school and Barnstone Under 5’s Group.
The committee will now work on finding funding for and progressing with the second stage of their plans, which will involve additional climbing and swing equipment to extend the range of play available.