Village park opening goes with a swing

Peppa Pig opens the new equipment at Greatworth Playpark
Peppa Pig opens the new equipment at Greatworth Playpark

A village community has celebrated the official opening of its new children’s play area.

The new-look Greatworth Children’s Park was opened by TV character Peppa Pig on Sunday. Villagers raised about £25,000 towards the cost of the new equipment at the site in Peveril Road after Northamptonshire County Council condemned the old play area earlier this year.

Simon Tappenden, chairman of the Greatworth Children’s Park Committee, said: “The new play area is absolutely brilliant. I have been living in the village for about ten years and my children are now playing with others they haven’t played with at all.

“It has become more of a destination now and we hope it can be here for a long time.”

The park cost £40,000 in total. Work by Southam-based Playscapes Design started on September 2 and took about three weeks to complete.

Money was raised at different events such as quizzes and coffee mornings, as well as a successful beer festival which took place in April. The park is split into three areas, with one being designated for children under five with baby swings and a climbing wall.

The second area, for children up to 11, includes a bigger climbing wall, pull-up ropes and bridges. The final area is an adventure trail which keeps the children engaged with different activities.

Mr Tappenden said: “The children were not interested in the old park as it wasn’t inspiring to them. But we have now seen people come from outside the village to use the new facility.

“It is fantastic for the community and the parish council has been supportive to keep the area safe by getting the community police involved.”