Youngsters test out village’s new £30,000 playground

Youngsters and parents with the new playground equipment.
Youngsters and parents with the new playground equipment.

Youngsters in and around the village of Seaton Ross are putting a new playground to the test, after the facility was unveiled last Sunday.

The playground has been redeveloped after St Helen’s Farm in Seaton Ross allocated about £30,000 to fund the project from its charitable arm, the Kavli Trust.

Employees of the company are encouraged to highlight good causes, close to their heart, that are in need of funding that will benefit the community in the local area.

Jackie East, who lives in the village, nominated the Seaton Ross Playing Field’s Association as a worthy recipient after her daughter spent many years enjoying the playground during her childhood.

The grounds, which sit on donated land and is therefore not eligible for maintenance or refurbishment from the local authority, is maintained by the Association and its volunteers. The equipment on the site had become very dated and was rarely being used by the local children.

Jackie said: “My daughter spent many happy years on the playing fields and I think it’s a shame that we have a facility that is under used because of outdated equipment. In today’s society I think it’s really important for children to be encouraged and have the opportunity to play somewhere fun, safe and to enjoy fresh air and outdoor activity. I’m delighted that this project was chosen.”

The new playground has been kitted out with new swings, climbing frame, a nest swing, climbing frames and slides and was officially opened on Easter Sunday with a celebratory Easter egg hunt for children.

Paddy O’Keeffe, general manager of St Helen’s Farm, which produces goats’ milk, said: “We are really proud that the money has been allocated from the Kavli Trust for this really worthwhile project. It directly benefits the village and its residents, and the equipment that has been installed is fantastic!”

Kavli UK is owned by the Kavli Trust, a charitable trust committed to supporting good causes. Annually it donates profits to charitable causes, supporting research, humanitarian and cultural projects within the UK and worldwide.