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A handsome hut fit for a Hobbit!,

Posted on by Wicksteed Playgrounds


We were delighted to be involved in the transformation of an outdoor play and learning environment for youngsters at Derian House Hospice in Chorley. At the heart of their brilliant new play area, which can be used by the children and their siblings, is a big Hobbit House!  With artificial grass on its dome-shaped roof and two rooflights, this bespoke, tactile den is equipped with ramp and double-width doors making it fully accessible to children of all abilities.  A wide trellis bridge takes visitors and residents alike into a wooded area via a specially laid smooth pathway.  Our popular Pendulum Swing and Revolva roundabout are both suitable for children with varying abilities and provide some exciting physical play and development opportunities.

All the children and their families will benefit enormously from this special space which provides a great balance of energetic play items along with quiet, reflective areas, too.

Comms Officer, Dan Croft, said: “On Sunday 13th September we celebrated the grand opening of our new playground, 'Smile Park'. Present were Derian House children, staff, volunteers, families & the wonderful cyclists from AO who have sacrificed so much to make this happen. We are also extremely grateful to the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Marion Lowe, who came to open the playground. We are delighted to be one of her chosen charities for her year in office. Our stunning new playground enables life-threatened children & their siblings to play together in a safe, caring environment, & the effect it will have on the lives of Derian families cannot be measured!”

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