Collingham Community Park in Nottinghamshire officially opened new inclusive play equipment earlier this month following funding support from a number of sources, including Fields in Trust.
The Community Park was protected with Fields in Trust as part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge in 2013, and since then the space has been transformed into one which can be enjoyed by the entire community. Thanks to donations from The Wolfson Foundation and Experian, Fields in Trust supported the improvements with grant funding from its Inclusion and County Funds.
The project at Collingham has seen several pieces of new play equipment installed, as well as new benches to allow people to sit and enjoy the space. Funding from Fields in Trust also contributed towards the laying of new paths and installation of new gates which have improved disability access to the park.
Volunteers from the Community Park and Collingham Parish Council came together recently to thank all those who had contributed towards the improvement project.
Fields in Trust is the only national charity which works to safeguard and improve outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations. It currently protects over 2,500 sites across the UK.
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust said, "Fields in Trust works hard to leverage funds to help landowners make improvements to the spaces we protect. This project at Collingham is a shining example of just what can be achieved when the entire community comes together to work towards a common goal. I congratulate Collingham Community Park on their achievements and thank both the Wolfson Foundation and Experian UK&I for their kind support and donations."
Jan Barratt, Head of Community Involvement, Experian UK&I said, "At Experian we’re dedicated to supporting local communities across the UK, as part of our wider commitment to people and society. We are proud to be working in partnership with Fields in Trust, supporting their objectives and playing an active role in protecting open spaces in Nottinghamshire."
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, added, "Children with disabilities should benefit from the same opportunities as their peers. This includes enjoying play areas, and we were delighted to have supported the inclusive playing environment at Collingham Community Park. Over the past decade we have committed £35 million to health and disability projects across the UK, and we very much value our partnership with Fields in Trust."