TEEN PLAY AREA:
Ideally we would love to get a thrilling adventure area for our teenagers but fundraising is really slow for large projects. We fundraised for a very long time for a skate park but, due to the fact that High Green has just managed to get a new one, we felt that we should put this on hold for a few years.
We decided to put the money raised to buy a large “Big 6” Swing which was installed in July 2017 on the site of the old playground.
OUTDOOR GYM DETAILS:
The outdoor gym was installed in Sept. 2015 and has been kindly funded by: The Big Lottery Awards for All, Ecclesfield Parish Council, J. G. Graves, North Sheffield Area TARA, Sheffield Town Trust, Sheffield Church Burgess Fund plus Friends contributions and development money. Many thanks to all our sponsors.
WILDFLOWER MEADOW DETAILS:
We received a grant in 2014 from First TransPennine Express Green Grants (part of the Forestry Commission) for improvements to the Oxley Orchard by planting a wildflower & wild fruit tree meadow. This was very successful in 2015 and we managed to obtain funds from the Parish Council to reseed with perrenial wild flowers – unfortunately this has not been very successful and we think we may have to start again by clearing the site and reseeding.
This is the glade at the bottom of the park adjacent to Blackburn Brook. We put some log seating in a few years ago but this has rotted so we have arranged to buy a couple of woodland benches for this area and they will be installed in August 2017.
SIGN OVER THE ENTRANCE NEXT TO THE NEWTON HALL
We really would like a sign to welcome visitors to the park and are currently trying to fundraise for this.
DRAINAGE PROBLEMS IN THE PLAYGROUND
This is a real problem during the winter months and fundraising for new drainage/matting is our top priority at the moment.
We realise that the playground is at the bottom of a large hill but if it had been placed at a drier position at the top of the park it would have meant that not many people would want to visit it up a very steep hill with a pushchair!
There was a lot of drainage added when it was installed and, hopefully, when the new drainage and matting is added it will resolve the problem.