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New playground set to offer children of all ages a place to play
03 August 2015
New playground set to offer children of all ages a place to play

Lost in Play a community group from Lostwithiel, Cornwall have secured a £45,000 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. 

The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will provide playground provision for children aged 8-12, and include the installation of safety surfacing in a nearby ball games area.

Lostwithiel is a small town of approximately 2,800 people in east Cornwall. Lost in Play (LIP) commenced fundraising in 2013 after the town lost its slide and see-saw to disrepair.  The scheme recently completed phase one, creating a play area for younger children.  The second phase now funded by the Biffa Award is to create a larger, urban facility for older children on the site of the existing playground in King George V Field.  The need for the project was identified after extensive public consultation at the Lostwithiel Festival and via a satchel post survey distributed to parents of children at the town’s two primary schools.  In order to meet a voiced demand from parents, the project will replace the existing outdated playground that does not meet modern needs.  The design will consist of at least eight pieces of equipment suitable for children aged 8-12, offering jumping, climbing, swinging, cooperative and noisy play features, which will target different ability levels.  Biffa Award has been approached to fund play equipment, seating and safety surfacing.  The applicant will resurface and refit a nearby ball games area that has drainage problems and poor quality tarmac.

Sophie Bond, Chair of Lost in Play, said:
“Lost In Play are thrilled to have won this funding provided by Biffa Award. These improvements will ensure children living in Lostwithiel and its surrounding parishes will be able to enjoy access to a quality playground and to mix with their friends. The Lostwithel community have been brilliant in supporting this project; helping to organise fundraising events, such as film screenings and running stalls at local events and festivals.”

Pam Jarrett, Mayor of Lostwithiel, said:
“As Mayor of Lostwithiel and a local resident I have worked closely with Lost In Play over the last two years and they have worked hard to improve play facilities across the town. We are delighted to have secured £45,000 from the Biffa Award. King George V playing field is a hub for the town and a new playground to meet the needs of children aged 8 and upwards will be a huge benefit to our community, thank you Biffa Award!”,

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This playground in Lostwithiel is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”