Wensleydale play park gets make-over thanks to grant

A combination of community action and community grant has helped rejuvenate a much-loved playpark in the Yorkshire Dales.

Locals rallied round to replace bark which ensures a soft landing for children using the park at West Witton, as well as re-laying ground mesh to keep the weeds at bay.

“This is a well-used park and we have had some very positive feedback about the improvements,” said West Witton Playing Field social secretary Carol Rutherford.

“The old chippings weren’t really fit for purpose and the weed mesh was so worn it had become more of a trip hazard with weeds growing through and making the park look untidy.”

A grant from Broadacres Community Development Fund paid for large dumpy bags of ‘play bark’, with one local resident using a loader to empty the bags and others rallying round to rake it into place.

Carol added: “It was a real community effort that has made a real difference to the village. Having a safer and more attractive playpark in the village will encourage both children and adults to gather and have family time together thus strengthening bonds and bringing social and physical health benefits.”

Broadacres’ community development fund supports organisations, groups, and projects in areas where Broadacres has homes, and grants are approved by the Association’s own residents, via a Community Development Fund Panel.

Broadacres resident Jacque Maylon, who is on the panel, said: “Broadacres recently welcomed residents to new homes we have built in West Witton so as well as proving a nice play resource for children who live in these homes, it will also have wider benefit for the whole community.”

Applications for Broadacres’ 2022/23 Community Development Fund are now being accepted and people/organisations can visit www.broadacres.org.uk/customer-area/getting-involved/community-development-fund to find out more.

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