The new Woodland Play and Picnic Area was opened yesterday, March 12, by the Chair of Swalcliffe Parish Council, Neil Urquhart, in less than ideal weather conditions.
The result of a four-year community-driven project which started with Swalcliffe Park School generously leasing some of their land for the park, followed by the process of gaining planning permission and securing funding from local stakeholders including Cherwell District Council’s Community Infrastructure Capital Funding programme which provided a grant for £14,200. Located in the heart of the village it provides a unique opportunity for children to play, learn and enjoy the rich biodiversity of native woodland. It has also been designed to arouse curiosity in the natural environment and encourage kids to explore the wildlife all around them. The woodland park also provides a quiet space for older members of the community to sit and enjoy the natural surroundings.
The build started with some marks on a wall ..
… and within a few months