Children get back to nature

ADVENTURE was in the air as creative youngsters gathered to admire their own fun places to play in two parks. The youngsters, aged between seven and 16, helped design and construct swings and climbing frames at Eastbrookend Country Park and Mayesbrook Par

ADVENTURE was in the air as creative youngsters gathered to admire their own fun places to play in two parks.

The youngsters, aged between seven and 16, helped design and construct swings and climbing frames at Eastbrookend Country Park and Mayesbrook Park in Dagenham.

The Adventurous Play Construction project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Barking and Dagenham Council and Youth League UK, and offered the children the chance to take charge of their own play environment.

Community rangers and specially trained play workers helped them to handle the natural materials, which included timber, sand and ropes.


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Set in the idyllic surroundings of the parks, youngsters now have a haven where they take a break from video-gaming and enjoy their autumn afternoons, running wild and bouncing off their own creations.

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The scheme ran from September 19 until last Thursday in Eastbrookend Park, Dagenham Road, Dagenham, while the first session in Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, began last Saturday.

The second session started on Monday and finishes tomorrow (Thursday) after the final round between 3.30pm and 7pm.

Anyone wishing to register for the scheme, can contact sally.jones@lbbd.gov.uk or call 020 8277 3314.

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