Zip & splash away at Broadgate Park….

Children in Beeston are enjoying exciting new play experiences as a Sutcliffe Play zip wire and a water play area provide the crowning glory of the brand new Broadgate Park Play Area. On Saturday 28th April families joined the Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Halimah Khaled MBE at Broadgate Park to open the play area, following the finishing touches.

Funded with contributions from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental), United Living North, Vinshire North and Tesco Bags of Help, along with an allocation from the Council’s Pride in Parks budget, the play area is designed to be accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities.szu010-water-play-view-1

It now features our sand and water play tables, a giant swing, trampoline, climbing units and a 30 metre zip wire.

DZW451 Daffodil 1The improvements come as part of the Council’s Pride in Parks initiative, with £500,000 being dedicated to improving parks, open spaces, and play areas throughout Broxtowe.

Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee, Councillor Shane Easom said:

“I really hope that the families of Beeston and the surrounding areas are looking forward to enjoying the new and improved Broadgate Park Play Area. It’s a chance for the kids to keep active and have fun in the great outdoors.”

“This is the first park to benefit from the funding we’ve dedicated and we cannot wait to start work on the other parks and opens spaces throughout the borough.”

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s local grant manager said:

“It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children in the local area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site.  For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk

FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.  FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites. www.fccenvironment.co.uk

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.7%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.Since its inception in 1996, over £1.4billion has been spent on more than 53,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax (https://www.gov.uk/business-tax/landfill-tax)