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Tree-mendous efforts transform sheffield games area

Local people have put the finishing touches to a newly created Multi Use Games 

Area (MUGA) in Hollinsend Park by helping to plant trees in the area. The

Local people have put the finishing touches to a newly created Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Hollinsend Park by helping to plant trees in the area. The

It is one project which is worth making a racket about.

Work to transform derelict tennis courts in a Sheffield park into an urban oasis is finally complete.

Months of graft and thousands of pounds have gone into the new multi-use games area at Hollinsend Park on Ridgeway Road.

And the people behind the project invited local schoolchildren to get involved with adding the finishing touches – a host of trees and plants – to the site.

The day was organised by Friends of Hollinsend Park, the city council’s Parks and Countryside team, and Sheffield Wildlife Trust, with pupils from nearby Gleadless Primary School invited to help out.

Wendy Robertson, of the Friends, said: “The new games area, which was completed in June, is marked out for basketball, mini soccer and cricket practice and has a new seating terrace to allow viewing of games on the court.

“The planting marks the final stage of the project.”

Volunteers put plans in place for the facility more than a year ago in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and give the young people of Gleadless somewhere to go.

Funding for the revamp came from the Landfill Communities Fund, with £39,000 allocated from the Veolia Environmental Trust and a further £36,000 from the Viridor Credits Environmental Company. The area will host activities during school holidays, after the Friends of Hollinsend Park secured a grant.

Veolia director Paul Taylor said: “It is great to hear local people, the Friends and the council have gone that extra mile to ensure the area is as attractive as possible.”

 

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