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Over 100 people attended the launch of the
newly built play area on Queen Caroline estate in Hammersmith on
Thursday 16 June, where the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham,
Councillor Frances Stainton, cut a ribbon to declare the play area
The new playground provides a much-needed
facility, with the previous ageing playground struggling to cater
for the local children. The design was informed by extensive
consultation undertaken by Groundwork London with estate residents
and children from St Paul's Primary School. The area has been
transformed from a square of concrete containing out-of-date play
equipment to a natural playscape with challenging equipment aimed
at 6-13 year olds. The exciting features include a large timber
play climbing frame with a slide, a group basket swing and toddler
swings and a jumping disc for younger children. The landscape gets
kids active outdoors and is completed with boulders, timber seating
and a picnic bench as well as new planting, turf and recycled bark
mulch safety surfacing.
Shirley Cupit, Chair of the Queen Caroline
Tenants and Residents Association said: “I love the big swing,
the playground is really creative. There’s loads that’s really
great here and the kids really enjoy.”
In addition to playing on the new equipment,
children enjoyed games and activities including cupcake decorating
and everyone had an opportunity to contribute to the feedback tree
over a tasty cream tea. Guests then enjoyed a special celebration
cake cut by The Mayor, designed to resemble the play area.
Claire Eddington who lives on the estate
attended the event with her three children Kasey (9), Chelsea (8)
and Amy (5) said: “The new play area is great and a safe place
where my children can play.”
Moira Herring, Community Projects Officer at
Groundwork London, commented: “This has been a fantastic
project, brought to life by the enthusiasm and drive of the local
community. This playground has always been well used and we hope
that in its new and vibrant form it will become only more so;
children’s play is a massive part of community life at Queen
Caroline and so we hope the new playground will provide a focus for
community activities for many years to come.”
Cllr Andrew Johnson, Cabinet Member for
Housing said: "This is a terrific new play area, but what
impresses me most is the committed group of residents who have
worked with the Council and Groundwork London to come up with this
excellent scheme. Groundwork has delivered dozens of
schemes across the borough but it is the residents who bring these
projects to life. I hope as many people as possible will get
involved with their tenants and residents associations when they
see the kind of results it can bring."
The event also marked the beginning of another
project on the estate for which the Residents Association has
successfully applied for and been awarded funding: the introduction
of food growing activities and a sustainable herb garden, and the
revamping of the Hammersmith Bridge Road entrance to the ‘lift’ the
The new playground was made possible by
funding from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Housing
Estates Improvement Programme (HEIP), which residents approached
for funding having identified the need for work to the playground
themselves. The new project has also been awarded funding through
this scheme. The HEIP programme has been running for 12 years as a
partnership between Groundwork London and Hammersmith and Fulham
Homes/The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and to date has
seen over 100 improvement projects on open spaces on estate and
sheltered housing schemes across the Borough. Additional
funding for the children's workshops came from the BIG Lottery
Fund. The playground was designed by Groundwork London’s
landscape architects and constructed by R&J Landscapes Ltd.
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