Healthy reasons to be outdoors

Over an extended period of time, the Local Authority found it difficult to provide and maintain the recreational and play spaces within the Estates in Hollinswood and Randlay.  Following a review, a decision was taken to concentrate the play equipment in three main areas in our Parish and to remove equipment from these small areas as they became unsafe.

Many local families valued these areas of open space as they were close to home and easily accessible and so the Parish Council has decided to bring them back to life.

Especially during the difficult times throughout the past year, having a safe space outdoors has been valued and our ‘Healthy Reasons to be Outdoors’ project will provide seating and recreational spaces for people to enjoy.  There are six areas within the Estates that we are using as Phase One of this project and with thanks to the Veolia Grant, we are going to create some raised planters, with seating and create community gardens. We have engaged with the local community and with the support of TWC, we will be providing areas where vegetables and herbs can be grown for use by the local residents.  The whole project is planned to complete by Winter 2021.

EnviroGrant is run by Veolia in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council, it supports projects that benefit the local community or environment. Steve Mitchell, Regional Director for Veolia said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Healthy Reasons to be Outdoors Project – we hope that engaging with nature outdoors will benefit local residents’ wellbeing.”

We provided similar areas at Hollinswood Local Centre before lockdown and throughout last year, we were providing pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, parsley, mint, cabbages, sprouts and other edible goodies.

Thank you for supporting this project.