Playground makeover in Coltishall made possible thanks to £26,600 donation

A £26,600 donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund has enabled the renovation of a playground for children in Coltishall.

The playground on Rectory Road in the North Norfolk village re-opened in January 2023. Local children have already been enjoying playing on the new slide, ropewalk, swings and roundabout. With the Easter holidays in full swing, alongside some hopefully warmer weather, the playground is set to be even more popular.

The playground was co-designed by children in the village, who worked with the local parish council on what equipment they wanted to be included and what they wanted it to look like. The team behind the playground renovation also kept accessibility top of mind, making sure that children who use mobility aids could still play together with their friends.

As well as the significant donation from Tarmac, the full £60,000 cost was covered by £22,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund, £5,000 from the community foundation of Saffron Housing Trust, and £7,000 from Coltishall Parish Council.

Graham Hudson, multi site manager at Tarmac, said: “We’re proud to have supported the renovation of the Rectory Road playground through the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. Having a safe place to play outside is vital for children’s health and wellbeing. It also provides an extra place for parents to meet and chat while their children have fun.

“It’s really important to us as a business that we keep giving back to the local communities in which we operate. It’s bee

n great to see that children in Coltishall are already enjoying the new playground equipment that they helped to design.”

Becky Furr, parish clerk, at Coltishall Parish Council, added: “It has been a pleasure to work together with the local children, engaging their ideas and giving them a sense of pride in the renovated play area they helped design.”

Through the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, Tarmac donates around £1 million each year to community projects UK wide. The fund is open to applicants who meet the criteria for projects delivering community benefit.

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