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04 Jan 2010
The Mayor with Local Residents and
The Mayor of Ealing, Barbara Yerolemou, officially opened a new
natural play area on the Golf Links Estate in Baird Avenue, Acton
on Monday 21 December 2009. The new attractive playground, designed
by Groundwork London, sports a group swing, boulders, a giant
mushroom, grassy mounds and climbing trees, as well as seating.
Following extensive consultation that was delivered in
conjunction with Brentford Community Sports Trust, during which
many of the 3685 residents including young people were asked for
their views, it was identified that there was a clear lack of play
provision for eight to 11 year olds on the estate. This resulted in
a state-of-the-art playscape that employs a whole-landscape
approach being designed and delivered by landscape architects at
Groundwork London, the capital’s foremost environmental
regeneration charity at the forefront of community engagement.
Despite the rain, the playful landscape proved a hit with the
crowd of children who were eager to have a go on the new
structures. The young people have been truly empowered and have
relished being involved in the decisions that affect them.
In front of residents and funders, Barbara Yerolemou, The Mayor
of Ealing, cut the ribbon to declare the new playground open. She
was accompanied by Junior Mayor, nine year-old Eugenio Nanni from
Montpelier Primary School who won a competition to shadow the Mayor
for the day.
The Mayor said: "I would like to thank Groundwork and residents
of Golf Links Estate for making the opening of the Golf Links
playground such a fun event despite of, maybe because of, the sleet
and the cold. The fact that so many people turned out in such awful
weather shows how much this excellent playground is needed and
appreciated. My congratulations to everyone involved."
Groundwork London’s Community and Young Peoples’ Team ensures
that communities are involved in decision making in their local
areas; it empowers them to make a difference to the places where
they live, and it brings residents with different backgrounds
together, helping improve community cohesion and reduce anti-social
The new play area was funded by Biffaward and Ealing Homes, a
major housing provider on the estate.
Moira Herring, Community Projects Officer for Groundwork said:
“We are honoured that The Mayor of Ealing has come here today to
officially open the play area. This is an endorsement of the effort
that Groundwork undertakes to engage with the local community and
get them involved in improving their open spaces. Involving
residents, particularly young people, in the design process is
invaluable in generating a sense of ownership and respect over the
area - which we hope will mean greater sustainability for the
This is the second of Groundwork’s new play areas opened this
week, following the launch of new outdoor play area for 11-16 year
olds at Leamington Park in North Acton on 17 December, also
conceived and designed by local young people.
This new play area was made possible by £1m from Ealing Council,
Catalyst Housing, SITA Trust and the Garfield Weston Trust. Support
for many of the activities was provided by the Bridge Project, a
youth project based on the estate, together with the team from
Ealing Youth and Connexions, who encourage personal and social
development of young people aged 13-19.
Councillor Ian Gibb, Ealing Council’s Cabinet Member for
Children’s Services, said: “We know that many residents think there
should be more facilities in the borough for young people, that is
why we created the £1million youth fund. I'm delighted that the
brand new Leamington Park has now opened and I'm sure it will be
greatly appreciated and very well used for many years to come."
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