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New play area in Great Ashby

02 May 2023
New toddler swing, music station and refurbished slide

The play area for toddlers in Great Ashby District Park has been refurbished. Working with Groundwork East, the council has recently reopened the area after the new grass had time to establish. A new musical station with xylophone and bongo drums has been added along with a specific toddler timber swing with flowers. The slide has been refurbished.

Sarah Kingsley, Place Director, said: “We tried to refurbish the play equipment where possible, and source sustainable, fun alternatives to the old equipment. The new lawn will create a softer and more natural environment for the children to play in, with new bulbs being planted in the autumn. This will also help reduce the temperature of the play area during seasons of drought.”

Toddler swing

Catherine Browne, Landscape Architect from Groundwork East, added: “It was a pleasure to re-design this play space which we hope children will enjoy for years to come. We were also fortunate to be able to commission a custom-made curved bench to promote storytelling and imaginative play. We worked with Southern Landscape and Construction who also enjoyed working on the project.”

Great Ashby Woodland and District Park is the collective name given to an arc of woodland and green space owned and managed by North Herts Council. Much of the woodland is ancient, meaning it has been woodland since at least 1600 AD. Connecting the ancient woodlands is the District Park, which was created in recent years as an open recreational space for local people (and dogs!), with a wide range of play equipment, ‘trim trail’ outdoor gym apparatus dotted around, picnic tables, as well as meadows to provide important habitats for wildlife.

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