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Wednesday 17 November 2010

Official Opening – Leighton Brook Park


It is hoped that children will create their own adventures in a new ‘natural’ playground at Crewe’s Leighton Brook Park.

The play area is being officially opened on Saturday, November 20, and everyone is invited to attend.

The short ceremony will start at 2pm, with the Mayor of Crewe, Councillor Jacquie Weatherill, donning her wellies to plant a tree. Children who attend the weekly Play Ranger sessions at the park will also take part in the planting

Hot chocolate and crumpets will then be on offer at Webby’s Community Centre, on Frank Webb Avenue, to warm everyone up.

The innovative facility has been developed after the Council secured £50,000 of funding from the landfill communities funds of Waste Recycling Group, administered by the not-for-profit firm Waste Recycling Environmental.

The play area is based around the idea of ‘natural play’. This is where children are encouraged to be creative in the way they interact with natural features, such as fallen logs and climbing boulders.

The playground at Leighton Brook Park includes an earthwork wrapping along the back of the multi-use games area and grass-bank seating.

At the base of the embankment are a group of totem poles, carved green oak trees and multiple tyre swings.

The same weekend (November 20 and 21), Crewe West Community Group is asking for volunteers to help them plant 104 trees on the Frank Webb Open Space Eastside area.

The trees have been donated by the Woodland Trust as part of their programme to plant more native trees and inspire people to enjoy woodland.

Anyone interested in taking part is asked meet at Webby’s Community Centre at 10am with the planting aiming to be finished by 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Tools will be provided.

Councillor Roy Cartlidge, ward member for Crewe West, said: “Leighton Brook Park is the only significant recreation facility in the area and the new development will really benefit local children.

“This project is an excellent example of Cheshire East Council working with other groups to improve community life.

“The wider tree-planting event is an opportunity to help plant a copse with trees and really enhance the Cheshire East environment and I would encourage anyone interested to come along.”

Fore more information on the event please contact Cllr Roy Cartlidge on 01

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