Country park play area gets revamp

New play equipment is opened at Brandon Country Park. Kids Jonathan Phipps (left) with Bethany Shaw and their mums Carol Phipps and Lisa Baker.

New play equipment is opened at Brandon Country Park. Kids Jonathan Phipps (left) with Bethany Shaw and their mums Carol Phipps and Lisa Baker.

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A CABIN and play area have been opened at Brandon Country Park to enable children and young people to enjoy improved facilities there.

The volunteer cabin will provide wet weather shelter for volunteers with disabilities who help at the park, while the play area will be for use by both those with and without disability.

New wood cabin is opened at Brandon Country Park, David Walton and Jim Hayward-Surry (correct) at the front with Sheree Mason, Miranda Wheatley and Bill Bishop.

New wood cabin is opened at Brandon Country Park, David Walton and Jim Hayward-Surry (correct) at the front with Sheree Mason, Miranda Wheatley and Bill Bishop.

The natural play area has used timber felled to clear the space and the ‘mushrooms’, including those used for the stepping stone and story telling area were provided by Essex Wildlife Trust from its wildlife reserve.

Cllr Bill Bishop donated £1,000 from his Suffolk County Council locality budget towards the cabin and the play area was created by the volunteers and staff at the park.

Cllr Bishop said: “Our volunteers come along and help out at the park, which is fine if it’s a nice day, but when it starts to rain there’s nowhere for them to go. You should see the faces of the little children when they went on the play equipment.”

Cllr Bishop, the volunteers and mums cut the ribbons for both facilities before enjoying the new look area.