TWO playgrounds have been upgraded after a successful £110,000 refurbishment project.

Two grants worth more than £82,000 were secured from Enovert Community Trust, after Stanway Parish Council commenced its refurbishment project for both playgrounds.

The rest of the funding came from the North Essex Hyperlocal fund, Stanway Parish Council and the Community Initiative Fund.

The old Silver Witch Green and Lucy Lane South playgrounds were in urgent need of an upgrade.

They can now offer an upgraded, fun and stimulating environment for children to enjoy.

The new installments hope to provide a range of colourful and engaging play equipment at each site.

At Silver Witch Green, a zip wire and spider net climber have been installed, in order to pique the interest of older parkgoers.

A Me and You swing for toddlers and a multi-access nest swing were also installed.

At Lucy Lane South, the new playground has been designed with pre-school children in mind.

The upgraded area features a new multi-play unit with swings, a sea saw, balance beams and a shark designed springer.

Gazette: Kids and families enjoying the new Silver Witch Green parkKids and families enjoying the new Silver Witch Green park

Both parks have been upgraded with new rubber safety surfaces with disabled access also being improved.

Debby Bloomfield, who is the chairwoman of Stanway Parish Council, said: “The parish council is grateful to Enovert Community Trust for its generous support.

“The new playgrounds are a fantastic resource which will benefit the area and community by providing safe outdoor play for children, encouraging exercise, and promoting good health, social interaction, and awareness of others.

“Various new developments in Stanway have changed the demography of the village, with the arrival of many more young families.

“Evidence suggests that children are spending less time enjoying outdoor play and this project has provided much-needed upgrades to our existing playgrounds."

Angela Haymonds, trust manager of Enovert Community Trust, said: “The trustees are delighted to have supported these important community projects.

“The upgraded playgrounds will provide social and health benefits for the many families in the community that will use them for years to come.” 

Enovert Community Trust is an environmental trust set up in 2003 enabling landfill operators to donate money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST.

Environmental bodies then use this funding for a wide range of community and environment projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.

Enovert Community Trust funding is available for a wide range of projects which bring positive benefits to communities.

Their services have included refurbishment of churches, or buildings of architectural and historical significance, or improving disabled access.