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Holne Playpark Charity secures funding for improvements
06 March 2015

Holne Playpark Charity (HPC) in Devon has secured a £33,942 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 


Established more than four years ago, HPC aims to protect and enhance the future of the play area as a recreational facility for the community and visitors to the area.  A number of improvements have already taken place under HPC’s leadership, including the planting of a willow structure and bulbs, replacing damaged fencing and the provision of picnic benches in the park.  


The Moorland Community Playpark project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will include the removal of obsolete equipment and the installation of innovative, free flowing play equipment made by local company Earthwrights, using sustainable and local materials. The new play area will feature a play hut, climbing walk, belt bridge and ramp, traverse ropes and log bridge, a slide, stepping logs a basket swing,  mixed swings for older and younger children, a tunnel and a ball games wall.  In addition, a roofed shelter and benches will be installed along with grass matting and turf to complete the project.


Fleur Powell, Chair, Holne Playpark Charity said:


“We are thrilled that after four years of hard work and planning we have finally secured the funding for a much needed play park.  This amazing community project is only possible thanks to Biffa Award and other contributors, such as Dartmoor National Park Authority and the District and Parish Councils.  The new park will be a visual and physical asset to our community space and villagers, young and old, are very excited to see our dream realised.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“We’re pleased to be able to support this work at Moorland Community Playpark, which will provide a quality community facility that can be enjoyed for many years to come.  It is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help transform local spaces for the community.”