HORSLEY will be celebrating the completion of their new play project this weekend, which has recieved grants of over £55,000.

Work began in early February and will be finished this week in time for the opening on Saturday.

The project has been led by Horsley Play Project steering group, who were supported with help from Horsley Parish Council and Austin Design Works.

Jenny Bowers of the Horsley Play Project steering group said, “We are so excited to see the project completed, the playground will be a fantastic new addition to Horsley village. Thanks to all who have supported the project”

The whole village of Horsley, near Nailsworth, has been invited for a grand village picnic on Saturday between 12pm and 2pm at the village hall and new playground site at Horsley Playing Field.

A Golden Ticket competition has been running since Christmas to determine which 10 lucky local children will cut the ribbon and have the first play on the playground.

This will happen at 12 o’clock with playtime and picnic to follow.

There will also be a garden and playground themed cake table for all to bring and share their baked creations.

The new playground has transformed the space next to the village shop in the centre of Horsley.

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Beautiful hard wood play equipment has replaced tired facilities and there is now a much wider range of play facilities for all ages.

Equipment includes a zip wire, snake swing, climbing wall, monkey bars and sand pit.

A circular seating area has been added with seasonal planting and there will be picnic tables and benches to help make the park a real destination.

In addition to new play equipment, the scheme has addressed the issue of seasonal flooding which was an issue on site, flooding directly beneath the swings in wet weather.

The far end of the playground has been sensitively left wild, as this section has a lovely boggy area for welly squelching and is well used and loved by the local playgroup.

The project to improve all of the playground’s current issues to create a new community hub was able to go ahead thanks to the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Veolia Environmental Trust and Gloucester Environmental Trust, who operate under the scheme, awarded grants of £29,800 and £26,000 respectively.

The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental (Gloucestershire) Ltd, which owns and manages waste management operations in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.