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Thelwall children kick-start park revamp with bulb-planting

23 November 2012

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Children from Thelwall Infant School helped to plant over 1200 bulbs in Barley Road park in November, as part of the transformation of the park which is being coordinated by The Mersey Forest.

The park, in Thelwall, South Warrington, is being redeveloped to include a natural play area, which will feature mushroom stools, stepping rocks, a willow dome and secret passageways, all made from natural materials.

Research has shown that providing facilities for natural play means greater opportunities for imaginative play, reduced risk of injuries, enhanced social interaction between children and higher levels of physical activity.

Thelwall and Grappenhall Parish Council have commissioned the project. It is funded via a Lottery Awards for All grant of £10,000, which was secured by the Parish Council.


It follows the success of a similar project at Grappenhall's Euclid Park in 2011. Euclid Park was transformed when The Mersey Forest planted a community orchard in its grounds, created new seating and added a natural play area of fallen logs and other features (see photos).

Jo Sayers, Community Development Officer at The Mersey Forest, said: "Following the success of the natural play area which we developed at Euclid Park, we are pleased to be involved in this latest project to develop Barley Road Park.

"We had some great feedback from residents in Grappenhall, and we're hoping that children will enjoy the newly refurbished play areas as much as they do at Euclid Park."



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