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Blog posted on 4th November 2015 by Ashleigh Cleet
This year we designed and installed a new play area in the lovely village of Wigginton in North Yorkshire, and as well as being a fantastic project to work on, we have since been informed that it has won royal approval! Wigginton, a delightful village on the outskirts of York, holds host to a public open space known as Churchfield.
The space itself is 3.5 acres and has a children's play area, younger children's playground, enclosed dog walking area and a large expanse of luscious green grass and trees, known as Willow Garth.
As part of a redevelopment project of the area, Churchfield Open Space Committee (COSC), which are an independent group outside of Wigginton Parish Council, set out to raise funds so that they could breathe a bit of life back into the site. With a duty to maintain the playground, they felt like the project was to take priority, and they worked very hard to fund and plan the transformation.
Playscheme were overjoyed to be invited to get involved with the exciting project, as we could see the real opportunities to rejuvenate the children's play areas and create a look and feel that was consistent with the heritage of the village itself. We helped remove old and worn out equipment that was last installed in 1991, and a real effort was made to design a more accessible area. With this in mind, we proposed a bespoke tower system that featured an extra wide slide so that adults could freely accompany a young or disabled child.
After a lot of hard work and a hefty investment of both money from fundraising efforts and grants, the playground was officially opened. Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies, and Sheriff of York, John Kenny, were there to cut the red ribbon. The anticipation and excitement was in the air for all that attended the ceremony, including children from Wigginton Primary School and Wonder Years Pre-School, who were thrilled to have a new space to play in.
Now that the play area is complete, Churchfield Open Space Committee is to be presented with The Duke of York's Community Initiative award after assessors described it as 'truly remarkable'.
This brilliant award is presented annually to organisations who are seen to be making a real difference within the communities that they are a part of, and amongst 34 other groups, they will stand up to graciously receive the accolade at a ceremony in early 2016. The award is truly well-deserved, as the team behind the project were incredibly enthusiastic and hardworking.
We're just so grateful that we could be a part of such a wonderful venture.