Grant of £50,000 will pay for ‘Enchanted Garden’ in Barrowby

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A new play area is due to be ready in Barrowby in the summer after a grant of £49,835 was awarded.

The grant has come from community funding organisation WREN. The play area will replace an existing facility on the green, opposite Casthorpe Road, with 20 new pieces of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. Work on the play area has started.

The scheme was initiated by Barrowby Parish Council which has worked closely with a group of local volunteers, the Barrowby Play Equipment Forum, to deliver the project.

Barrowby Parish Councillor Phil Cupit, a member of the Barrowby Playground Forum, said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Barrowby, young and old. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to seeing our vision of an exciting and inspirational playground take shape and become a reality over the next four months.”

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Enchanted Garden play area project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and their families in Barrowby and the surrounding villages. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Coun Cupit said the project is supported by many stakeholders who have been regularly consulted as part of the process and are keen to see it progress.