A national organisation, Play England, has launched a Love Outdoor Play campaign to encourage kids to have fun outdoors and children in Heeley, Sheffield have been doing just that.
Heeley City Farm has officially opened its new playground, complete with a climbing wall, a playhouse with an integrated slide, a bird’s nest swing and a bouncy seesaw.
Parents and carers can now sit in the adjoining cafe and keep an eye on youngsters who are also safely fenced in as hedges that blocked the view have been taken out.
Sam Bennett pulled the project together for the farm.
He got the funding, which took two years, and organised for young people, including those with learning difficulties, who do work experience at the farm to take on the landscaping work.
Sam said: “It’s full all the time now with children using it before they go to school and on the way back.”
His colleague Sarah Hardy said: “It just wasn’t fit for purpose before. Everything was falling to bits.”
Certainly the foundation stage children from neighbouring Anns Grove School who came along to help ward councillor Steve Jones perform the official opening were having a great time.
Coun Jones said: “This is the icing on the cake.
“This farm is just a brilliant little facility in the heart of Heeley.
“Local kids and people of all ages can use a really valuable community resource that’s quite unusual.
“This playground just adds to the excitement of what goes on here.”
As well as the playground, the roundhouse at the farm houses a Forest School classroom for more outdoor activities.
New rare breed arrivals at the farm include two new Bagot billy goats and some golden Guernseys.
n The Love Outdoor Play campaign, led by Play England and supported parents and community-based organisations, has set up an online play map so that families can explore favourite places like Heeley City Farm.
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