Green light for recreation ground as Whaddon wins funding

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New play and fitness facilities are a step closer for the recreation ground in Whaddon village, thanks to a £46,000 funding boost.

The money, awarded by grant-giving body WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will see state-of-the-art play equipment, including swings and seesaws, as well as a free runner, cross trainer and power bike, installed at the site in Coddimoor Lane.

Whaddon Parish Council hopes the new facility, a replacement for the park’s existing rundown playground, could be ready for use in time for the school summer holidays.

Pat Haig, Whaddon Parish Councillor, said: “This funding means that residents of all ages in Whaddon and the surrounding area will finally get the outdoor play and fitness facilities they deserve and that our valuable village amenity will be given an amazing facelift. We are extremely grateful to WREN for backing our application and look forward to starting work on the new facility as soon as possible.”

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.

Emma Brooks, WREN’s grant manager for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, says: “We are delighted to be supporting this project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and parents alike. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Picnic tables and a trim trail could follow at the recreation ground if Whaddon Parish Council can secure further funds.

For more information about WREN funding contact Emma Brooks on 01234 772370, at emma.brooks@wren.org.uk or visit http://www.wren.org.uk/