New playground to be launched in Piddinghoe

New play area in Piddinghoe.
New play area in Piddinghoe.

A pop up pub will be part of the celebrations for Piddinghoe’s new playground and woodland trail which will open officially on Saturday March 22.

The event will begin at 12 noon on the Hoe and feature refreshments for both adults and children.

New play area in Piddinghoe.

New play area in Piddinghoe.

Piddinghoe Parish Council led the £25,000 scheme, which saw the removal of old and inadequate play equipment.

Young people are being encouraged to attend the launch day and try out the new playground equipment and explore the woodland trail.

Speaking about the opening of the rejuvenated play area, Quincy Whitaker, the parish council member with responsibility for the playground, said: “Everyone has worked hard to get it finished and it is great that it can now be enjoyed by children from the village, friends and family who visit, and visitors.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has helped make this project happen.”

Funding for the work came from The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded £15,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund, and Awards for All, who awarded £10,000.

The new play equipment is more natural in style. It includes a multi-play structure and slide, a climbing wall and fireman’s poles, swings, including a ‘bird nest’ swing that can be used by children with disabilities, a sandpit and pulley and a balancing pole.

The play area has been extended into an area of overgrown woodland.

Parts of this have been cleared and it now incorporates environmental education features.

It is anticipated that older children will enjoy exploring and playing in this environment, which has paths, dens, log stepping-stones, information boards and a tree to climb.

An inspection of the playground in 2012 found that the timber on the old multi-play unit was rotten and the equipment also failed on other areas.

It was the only play area in the village so the Parish Council started work to replace it.

All users of the play area living in the village were consulted about the project and many, including children, were actively involved with its design.

A community group was also set up to oversee the project.

The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added: “This project provides a great environment that offers children and young people a real mix of opportunities for fun, fitness, learning and development, and we are pleased to hear it is opening. I hope it is used and enjoyed for many years to come.”