Vote for Winton Play Garden in the People’s Millions competition on Wednesday 26 November and help turn a disused bowling green at Winton Recreation Ground into a play and activity garden suitable for all children including those with special educational needs.
The nature and sensory inspired space will also provide much needed outdoor space for local Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides.
The Bournemouth Council led project, Winton Play Garden, has reached the final stages of the competition and will compete on television in a public telephone vote against one other project on Wednesday 26 November. The council is bidding for £50,000.
On the day, the telephone number for voting will be published on the council’s website and social media pages, on www.peoplesmillions.org.uk from 9am, and will be in the Daily Mirror. Voting lines will be open from 9am until midnight on the day.
Councillor Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture said, “This is a fantastic project that will really benefit children in the community especially those with special educational needs. I would urge everyone to pick up the phone and vote on the day to make this playground a reality.”
Amanda Catlin, neighbourhood warden said, “The project will make a real difference to local groups as well as the rest of Bournemouth. The play garden, accessed from the current playground through a portcullis and drawbridge, would enable youth groups to explore nature, watch birds, find out about bugs, maybe practice putting up a tent and make use of a lockable fire pit. The new proposed play equipment will be suitable for children with physical and learning disabilities so making it a great accessible place to spend time. Please take a minute to vote on the day to make the project happen.”
The money will be used at Winton Recreation ground to make the whole playground more inclusive and appeal to all children including those with special educational needs. This will be done by designing specialist equipment which is most relevant as the playground is just 200m from Linwood SEN School.
The dog free space will be designed to accommodate outdoor activities for neighbouring Beavers, Brownies, Guides and will also include a fire pit, lawn, wildlife area and flagpole.