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17th Oct, 2021

New lease of life for play area

Rob George 24th Aug, 2021

COUNCIL chiefs have taken the wraps off a landmark Worcester play area which has been given a new lease of life.

Extensive works to improve the junior play area at Worcester Woods has taken place over the last two months before the revamp was unveiled on Saturday (August 14).

The project to refurbish the junior play area had to be brought forward due to extreme wear and tear on the equipment, caused by increased visitor numbers throughout the pandemic.

As well as new play equipment, landscaping and boulders have been added to encourage exercise, movement, creativity and build confidence in early years children, in a safe outdoor setting.

Favourites such as the basket swing and roundabout, designed to encourage group play, were able to be retained.

And families will be able to enjoy this space once again this summer.

Leaves of Green, who were selected to work on this project, have been natural play pioneers for more than 20 years and are based in Pershore.

They have completed works in very challenging times due to the pandemic, shortages in materials, and soaring temperatures seen across the county last month. As well as being a local company, the timber Leaves of Green have used is also locally grown in the county.

Coun Matt Dormer, cabinet member for communities at Worcestershire County Council said: “Leaves of Green have done a wonderful job updating our much loved play area at Worcester Woods Country Park.

“Now works are almost complete, we are looking forward to seeing families enjoying the new play area and discovering all the new additions.

“We hope that people will be enjoying the hard work put into the play area for many years to come.”

Over the past 11 years, the play areas at the Country Park have been enjoyed by many children.

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