A dedicated, local Besthorpe resident has spent 18 months raising thousands of pounds to renovate a playground, that was in much need of repair.
Fiona Jones moved to the Besthorpe area with her young family a few years ago and discovered that the playground was in a desperately poor state. She shared “It was sad to see a spot where children are supposed to be playing looking ruined and miserable. It’s great to see it full of life now.”
Fiona enthused: “We’ve been absolutely delighted to gain significant funding from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, who have a sand and gravel quarry in Besthorpe, FCC Communities Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund to raise over £60,000 for the new facilities. All of the village residents are very thankful for this investment in Besthorpe”.
Besthorpe Quarry Manager, Ashley Gillard stated: “Tarmac are proud to be able to support this project to improve the play area and community space for local residents. We hope people will now be able to enjoy this area for years to come.”
FCC Communities Foundation previously known as WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundations local grant manager declared: “We are delighted to have supported the Parish to bring this much needed project to fruition, this is a fantastic facility for local people and one which can be enjoyed for years to come. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”
The Chair of Besthorpe Parish, Sam Gorin, explained “As a Parish, we strongly believe that Besthorpe is a great place to bring up a family. More and more families are moving into the village and we want to provide community spaces that enable our residents to live rewarding and healthy lives and enjoy the benefits of being active in a safe and suitable environment. Fiona’s efforts are a great example to people to get out and help do something for their community because, as we can see, it really pays.”
Fiona added “As Besthorpe is a popular walking destination for families we expect that other nearby village residents would also use the facilities. By enhancing this currently underused space we’ve improved the facilities for residents and visitors alike. For a number of years, we have worked in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. They are mid-way through a multi-year project to develop Besthorpe Nature Reserve, part of a major Tarmac gravel extraction site, which is attracting visitors from a wide area.”
Nottinghamshire county councillor for Collingham, Maureen Dobson, officially opened the amazing, new play area on Saturday 4th of May, much to the delight of the local community.