£25k revamp for Sheffield play area

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A SCHEME to regenerate a rundown Sheffield play area has received a £25,000 windfall from a national community campaign.

Work on Grammar Street playground in Upperthorpe has already started, after the project won support from the Transform Your Patch initiative.

Transform Your Patch is backed by the environmental charity Groundwork and drinks company Britvic, and is seeking to improve parks, playgrounds, skate parks and five-a-side pitches around the country.

Grammar Street received the additional backing after winning a public vote against three other projects in the region.

It means Grammar Street is one of only 12 schemes to qualify for the ‘super sized’ funding.

Work in Upperthorpe is being carried out by volunteers from the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham as part of the trust’s Living with Nature programme. Backing also came from Sheffield University and Sheffield Council.

Ideas for the project have come from the community, particularly the Langsett and Walkley Community Association.

Jamie Ferneyhough, of Groundwork, said: “The extra money secured will help to make this a successful project.”