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Children flock to Sheffield farm playground

Heeley City Farm has a new children's playground and Sheffield City Council's Steve Jones came along to cut a ribbon and declare it open. Our picture shows Councillor Jones cutting the tape, watched by yonugsters from Anns Grove Nursery.

Heeley City Farm has a new children's playground and Sheffield City Council's Steve Jones came along to cut a ribbon and declare it open. Our picture shows Councillor Jones cutting the tape, watched by yonugsters from Anns Grove Nursery.

YOUNGSTERS gave a big thumbs up to a new playground at a Sheffield attraction.

Children from neighbouring Anns Grove School squealed with delight as they poured through the gates at Heeley City Farm, after helping Coun Steve Jones, Sheffield Council labour member for Gleadless Valley, perform the official opening.

A playhouse, slide and climbing wall were big hits, while a swing that can fit several children together was another favourite.

John Le Corney, farm head of strategy and funding, said the playground had been in need of a revamp – some parents who bring their children can remember using it themselves, and the equipment is about 15 years old.

Money came from cash builders of a new housing development in the area had to pay to fund local amenities, while much of the work was done by young people at the farm on work experience.

Coun Jones said the playground was ‘the icing on the cake’ for the inner-city farm.

He said: “This is a brilliant little facility in the heart of Heeley.

Heeley City Farm is holding a Winter Market on Saturday, December 8, from 11am, when Santa will be in his grotto, local bands and a choir will perform in the stableyard, and craft groups will sell their wares.

 

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