New playground opens in Leeds urban farm

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Children harnessed the power of play as they enjoyed plenty of fun down on the farm.

Pupils from Bolton Royd Primary School, in Pudsey, were the first youngsters to test out a new playground at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.

Businesses and community organisations from across Leeds have mucked in to raise £10,000 for the new play equipment.

And the new playground, which is tucked away in a living willow tunnel, has even had the thumbs up from the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray.

He said: “I have already had a great deal of fun and that is what this farm is all about.

“The playground is in a lovely setting.

“You think you are in the countryside but you are actually in the city.

“This truly is a beautiful place. It’s a gem.”

Children tested out the new wobble board which helps to boost balance and co-ordination.

A new classroom, which was created by Land Securities and their contractors, was also officially opened at the site yesterday.

Farm director Sue Reddington said she was delighted with the new play facilities and she hopes they will inspire youngsters.

She said: “It is a special day for us.

“Last year some of the visitors whose children use the playground thought it was getting very tired because the equipment had been here a long time.

“We set about raising £10,000 to buy new equipment and today it has been absolutely heaving.

“It has been really amazing and the pupils have really enjoyed running free and playing here.

“It is just wonderful.”

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said it helps to support Leeds’s vision of becoming a child friendly city.

He added: “I have been associated with the farm for over 25 years and it is something truly magical.

“I am delighted with have another thing to offer here today.”




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