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£100,000 improvement grant for Nottingham play area

Colwick Rectory Play Area will soon be improved thanks to funding from FCC Communities Foundation.


FFC is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. FCC Communities Foundation will be providing a grant total of £99,466

Works on the park are due to start in the New Year with the improvements and new facilities expected to be completed by the end of February 2023. The existing play area will be closed whilst works are carried out.

Local school children from Netherfield Primary School and St John the Baptist Primary School in Colwick, took part in a consultation with the council to have their say and give suggestions for what they wanted to see at the site.

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In addition to the existing equipment at the park, the improvements will see new facilities added including a wheelchair accessible roundabout, zip wire, trampoline, a multi play unit with 17 different features, new swings and more.

The funding bid to FCC was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and Colwick Parish Council.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation senior grant manager said;

“We’re delighted to be supporting the new play facilities and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Colwick. FCC Communities Foundation 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.”

Alison Nunn, Chair of Colwick Parish Council said;

“This project will provide much needed improvements to a well-used play area, with more modern and inclusive play equipment being installed.

“I would like to thank Gedling Borough Council for all the hard work in collating the grant funding application, and to the FCC Community Foundation, for awarding us the funding, Colwick Parish Council would not have been able to update this play area without their support”.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke MBE said;

“One of our key priorities is to provide an attractive and suitable environment that people can enjoy, such as by investing in and improving existing parks and open spaces.

“We know how popular this play area already is, but we want to make it the best that it can be. These improvements will make a huge difference to the local community and the people who visit this park.

“I’d like to thank FCC for providing the funding to make these improvements a reality, and to the members of Colwick Parish Council who we worked with on this application to help secure the funding.”

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