Kids rush to test out new play­ground

Chil­dren test out the long-awaited play­ground at Colne Val­ley Park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

YOUNG­STERS have a sum­mer of fun to look for­ward to af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing of a long-awaited chil­dren’s play­ground.

The play area, in Colne Val­ley Park, Den­ham, which in­cludes a sand­pit, mon­key bars, a tun­nel and swings, has been de­signed to re­flect the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, and was made pos­si­ble with the help of a £100,000 grant from Grun­don Waste Man­age­ment.

Pupils from Den­ham Green E-ACT Pri­mary Acad­emy joined the cel­e­bra­tions on Fri­day July 1 as Kirsti San­ter, from Grun­don’s mar­ket­ing team, of­fi­cially cut the rib­bon to de­clare the play­ground open.

The devel­op­ment was man­aged by en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Ground­work South.

Project man­ager Deb­o­rah Val­man said: “The park is such a beau­ti­ful area for every­one to en­joy and al­though we know fam­i­lies love com­ing here, they also told us that they wanted a play­ground area for their chil­dren.

“Thanks to sup­port from Grun­don through its Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, we’re ab­so­lutely thrilled that this project is now open and we hope young­sters will en­joy hours of fun and games for years to come.”

Ms Val­man also thanked Bucks Coun­try Parks for al­low­ing the play­ground to be built and for tak­ing over its fu­ture main­te­nance, while Ground­work was thanked for mak­ing it hap­pen.

Among those also present were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Den­ham Par­ish Coun­cil, in­clud­ing chair­man Mar­i­lyn Heath, who said they were very pleased and im­pressed to see the play­ground.

De­signed to be used by chil­dren up to the age of nine, the play area also has fea­tures for those who are less able.

In a nod to the area’s quar­ry­ing her­itage, the sand­pit has been shaped like a cargo boat, while some of the climb­ing logs come from nearby Black Park and the em­pha­sis has been on keep­ing a very rus­tic look and feel.

Grun­don’s mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager An­thony Foxlee-Brown said: “This is an ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive and I’m sure it will be­come very pop­u­lar with chil­dren who want to burn off some ex­tra en­ergy this sum­mer. It’s great to see the way the play area blends in with the lo­cal coun­try­side and we’re de­lighted to have been able to fund the work.

“We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in and around our op­er­a­tions and what bet­ter way to do so than to help young­sters get out­side and en­joy fresh air and the nat­u­ral beauty of this fab­u­lous park.”

To en­cour­age fam­i­lies to ex­plore their sur­round­ings, the fund­ing has also been used to de­velop a new na­ture trail, com­plete with way­marker posts fea­tur­ing im­ages of birds and an­i­mals so chil­dren can try their hand at brass rub­bing.

With ad­di­tional fund­ing from the Heathrow Com­mu­nity Fund and Heart of Bucks, work has been go­ing on to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties at the Colne Val­ley Park Visi­tor Cen­tre, in­clud­ing the veranda area, cafe, toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and in­for­ma­tion dis­plays.

Grun­don is an on­go­ing sup­porter of Colne Val­ley Park through the Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, which helps ben­e­fit the lives of peo­ple who live close to land­fill sites by award­ing grants for en­vi­ron­men­tal, her­itage and com­mu­nity projects.

Open day: Kirsti San­ter from Grun­don cuts the rib­bon at the play­ground’s of­fi­cial open­ing; (be­low) chil­dren en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties

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