In addition we have now installed a bridge to improve access and are in the process of making further improvements to the drainage and levelling of the site.
Equipment has been ordered including a ‘birds nest’ swing and ‘jungle bridge’ over the stream. There will also be a natural wood shelter for the children to use for creative play and discussions are underway re other potential play equipment that might be purchased.
In addition we have consulted some local experts and arranged for additional native flora to be planted. These will be placed around the willow tree and along the stream. This planting is designed to increase colour and visual interest. There will be at least 15 different species and include plants with dense roots for bank stabilisation. This will increase the current diversity of planting and hopefully attract a greater range of insects and birds.
Revised schedule of work
Early April Construction of secure access bridge.
Installation of bridge, laying of access path and appropriate railing.
Additional drainage, topsoil, levelling and laying turf
Mid May Installation of play equipment
Planting native plants.
End of May Building of natural shelter for seating and creative play
Installation of additional seating.
June All work completed and project finished
I would like to thank those members of the working group and other residents who have offered advice, time, support and commitment to the project.
David Darwood April 2014