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Mother starts campaign to brighten up open spaces

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

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A Frome woman has begun a campaign to enhance the open spaces in her neighbourhood.

Jane Bennett, of Pedlars Grove, which is on the Packsaddle estate, began the campaign earlier this year as she wanted to make the open spaces in the area somewhere the whole community could gather and enjoy.

The married mother-of-two said: "The play space on the corner of Pedlars Grove and Packsaddle Way only has two swings and two rocking type things, but that's about it, and no seating at all.

"We formed the Packsaddle Community Group to try to improve the area by getting donations from businesses, sponsorship and applying for grants.

"We are keen for this to be an area for the whole community to enjoy, whatever age, and have consulted the community as to what they would like.

"Things included on the list were seating, more children's play equipment, natural features such as logs and rocks for climbing, a boules pitch and a perimeter path for cycling.

"We have links with Wansdyke Play Association and are hoping to pilot a Play Watch scheme with its support.

"This would involve members of the community receiving play training and having access to a lockable shed with equipment for imaginative play and running play sessions at the park.

"I've also been in touch with councillor Adam Boyden, who is helping us talk to the district council about the area, in conjunction with its play strategy."

Mrs Bennett, who has lived in the area for 11 years, said the group will be applying for funding from the town council, the Big Lottery and other organisations that may be able to help.

The group is also looking for sponsorship and needs a architect or landscape designer who would be willing to volunteer their services.

She said: "We need their services to help us visualise how the ideas could be brought to life."

Anyone who would like to help the group is asked to email Mrs Bennett at janeben nett@blueyonder.co.uk.

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