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Community and Council join forces for playground

Published Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Enfield Council and Hadley Wood Association have joined forces to breathe fresh life into an underused play area.


Local mums wanted their play area to be an attractive and welcoming environment for children, featuring a high quality play area where their sons and daughters could play safely, build their confidence and provide a diversion to anti-social behaviour.

The Hadley Wood Association successfully applied for £20,000 funding from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund, £59,567 from the SITA Trust and hosted a gala fundraiser and other events which collected a further £6,000 towards the scheme.

They also worked tirelessly to consult with schools and parents to make sure the proposals were in line with what local families wanted the playground to become, and worked with Enfield Council’s Parks Department to design and install the play equipment.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “The efforts of parents in Hadley Wood have been truly brilliant, and they have made a massive contribution to the installation of some fantastic new play equipment in their community.

“Enfield Council is delighted to have been able to support them in their efforts and this latest investment will be further supported by the £37,000 we will be spending on creating a new play area for children at Trent Park.
”"Playing is vitally important in the development of children and providing safe and secure outdoor places for families to come to enjoy the fresh air is a priority of ours.”

Mum, Laura Gassner, who played a key role in the refurbishment said: "The old playground was a bit tired and unwelcoming but since the work was done it's become a safe, fun, sociable environment and a place where people want to come during the weekend or in the evening. It has become a community playground again."

Marek Gordon Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

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