Cash boost for children’s play area

Whaddon play area

Whaddon play area

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Children and adults are being encouraged to get out and play thanks to a £47,000 grant awarded to Whaddon Parish Council for new facilities on its recreation ground.

The cash boost has been given by WREN, a note for profit business which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated to the Landfill Communities Fund.

The grant has been used to install an imaginative play area for all ages, with equipment from swings, seesaw and an adventure playground to an outdoor three person multi-gym, which includes a cross trainer, step and rowing machine for the over 15s. For the less active, new bench seating has also been installed.

Whaddon parish councillor Pat Haig said: “It is fantastic that WREN can make funds like this available to communities and we are very pleased with the outcome of our project, which is not only for the children of the area, but the teenagers and adults also.

“We see this as the first of many regenerative initiatives on the recreation ground and hope to start a community gardening project in the spring of next year.

“The recreation ground is now up and running and our official opening is on Sunday, November 29 at noon to which we invite everyone to come along and experience our new play and exercise facilities.”