Local playground, Cockshaugh Playground, was awarded a £15,000 renovation bursary as part of Robinsons Fruit Shoot’s national mission to protect outdoor play
After beating over 1,000 playground nominations and more than 5,000 shortlist votes from parents across the UK, Robinsons Fruit Shoot have unveiled the newly renovated Cockshaugh Playground in St Andrews, following a £15,000 bursary in its Parents for Playgrounds campaign and £25,000 investment from Fife Council.
Local mum of one, Bren Thompson, who nominated the playground and encouraged the surrounding community to vote, said: “I can’t believe we are finally going to see the newly renovated playground - it’s so exciting! It will be emotional to see the result of all the hard work that has gone in over the last few months. My daughter can’t wait to test out the new equipment and it’s great that it has been completed in time for the school holidays. Thank you Robinsons Fruit Shoot - this really is going to make such a difference to the community!”
In February, Robinsons Fruit Shoot Parents for Playgrounds campaign asked parents to nominate and vote for their local playgrounds on the website www.readyforten.com, to help promote and preserve traditional outdoor play around the country and ensure that the UK’s children stay active, healthy and happy.
Cockshaugh Playground was one of 20 shortlisted by Robinsons Fruit Shoot, the expert play charity and backers of the campaign, Play England, and celebrity supporter, Patsy Kensit, because it had been a past favourite with locals, but was found to be in a desperate need of repair. Then the power was passed back to the UK’s parents, as voting was opened out on Ready for Ten to encourage communities to get behind their local playground and vote for it. The other four playgrounds that received the most votes have been awarded a bursary of up to £15,000. They are; Chardstock Playground in Devon, Kings Heath Park in Birmingham, St Margaret’s Park in Edinburgh and Ropsley Park in Lincolnshire.
Councillor Brian Goodall, Chair of the Housing & Communities Committee said: “We were absolutely delighted that Cockshaugh Playground received enough votes to get the £15,000 bursary from Robinsons Fruit Shoot. Fife Council contributed £25,000 towards the refurbishment work with our Parks Development Team producing the design in consultation with Bren. The renovation has gone really well and now it’s finished we can really see how much it will mean to the community here, so thank you to Bren for lobbying for us and to everyone that voted. There is much excitement about seeing the new playground equipment!”
Celebrity mum of two, Patsy Kensit, who is supporting the campaign, said: “Congratulations to Cockshaugh Playground! It really has been a wonderful journey and it is heart-warming to see how much support there has been for the Parents for Playground campaign in St Andrews and around the whole of the UK. It is so encouraging to see how much parents care about their children’s play areas and I’m sure the kids will make the most of them during the school holidays!”
The campaign is also backed by Play England, the national organisation which aims for all children in England to have the freedom and space to play throughout childhood. Adrian Voce, Director of Play England says; “Play should be at the heart of every child’s life, every day, so it’s been great to see so many parents get behind the campaign. We hope that Parents for Playgrounds has given everyone the inspiration and passion needed to develop, manage and sustain the places where children play. There’s so much parents can do, even if their playground wasn’t one of our winners, so please keep campaigning!”
Debbie Eddy, Brand Manager for Robinsons Fruit Shoot says: “The Parents for Playgrounds campaign was designed to help parents preserve the important tradition of outdoor play for their children, so it’s great to know that parents and kids are still so passionate about their playgrounds. We are delighted to be unveiling the five renovated playgrounds, all parents and all children deserve a natural and safe place to play outside. Let’s hope everyone has fun testing out the new features this summer!