Boost for Grand Western Canal play area project

WORK on a new children’s play area at the Grand Western Canal’s basin in Tiverton will start later this year after the project bagged the support of supermarket shoppers.

The scheme, which already has funding from Devon County Council and Tiverton Town Council, has now also received support from Tesco’s eco-friendly community awards scheme ‘Bags of Help.’

The funding initiative awards grants to thousands of local community projects every year, and is funded by the 5p single-use carrier-bag charge.

Visitors to stores across Devon, Somerset and West Dorset voted for their favourite scheme during January. The play area, which is intended for children aged from three to nine, was the most popular and has been awarded the maximum £5,000.

It follows Devon County Council, which manages the canal, consulting local children over the design of the new play area at the Mid Devon Show and through local schools.

The final design is a combination of the children’s views and a  theme inspired by the canal’s setting and natural environment. The themed play equipment includes slides, swings and a roundabout.

One of its main features will be a boat for children to climb and explore. The Bags of Help award will pay for a basket swing that can also be enjoyed by children with disabilities,  as well as a roundabout.

Once completed the play area will be just short walk from facilities at the canal basin including the Canal Visitor Centre, Tiverton Canal Co’s floating café-bar (The Duck’s Ditty), gift shop and the nearby Canal Tea Rooms and Garden.

Designers and installers of outdoor playground equipment Proludic, has won the County Council’s tender to supply and install the equipment.

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