Graham Ross, Secretary of Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association, writes about a play area that has just undergone a refurbishment.
Another playground which has undergone a much needed transformation is at St Briavels in the Forest of Dean.
Similar to many other playing fields across the county it is managed by a group of volunteers who are part of the St Briavels Playing Field War memorial and Playing Field Charity. The playground was in need of a revamp but as a lot of the equipment was still in good condition any scheme had to include retaining as much of the existing equipment as possible including the Wicksteed Horse pictured.
The budget for the scheme was just over £20,000 and this was raised from a combination of successful funding applications and their own fundraising. The main funders were Awards for All, Biffa Award New Grove Trust and Resilient Energy. We at the GPFA also contributed £1000 as well as helping the group with advice on funding and suppliers.
The play space now boasts a new zip wire, basket swing and tower unit together with the spruced up existing pieces of equipment, including the Wicksteed Horse which can be seen in the picture on the left.
Another great example of volunteers making a difference