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Volunteers and Parish Councillors plant hedge

Volunteers and Parish Councillors gather to plant 400 saplings at Stage Field

One of the many projects the Parish Council are committed to deliver is the regeneration of the Stage Field. After many working group meetings of residents and Councillors, on Saturday 6th April 2024, volunteers and Parish Councillors gathered to plant 420 saplings to start the formation of a hedgerow, kicking off the first part of the regeneration of this area for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Over the next few years the Council hope to deliver accessible footpaths, improved hedgerows to support wildlife, a new woodland walk, information boards, wildflower meadow, expanded parking area and to re-establish the old stage tower.

If you are interested in joining the working group, please let us know, we would love to have you on board.

 

 

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Exciting design revealed for new children’s park

Exciting new design revealed as Council announces winning bidder for new children’s park

In August 2023, the Council announced that the tender process for new recreation ground equipment had concluded and that they have now secured funds and appointed a supplier and are currently in the process of confirming dates for when the work can start.

The new design maintains an Infant and Junior area, and is a bespoke interactive and imaginative design that combines the function of a multi storey castle themed structure with the experience of adventure play equipment and unique interactive details. The design draws its inspiration from our surrounding medieval landscape and its history with Alfred the Great, using castle and fort shaped structures throughout the design.

In the infant area, the existing train, springers, and multi-unit will be removed. The bench will be re-sited nearer to the perimeter fence.

The bespoke design of the castle with trees has been directly inspired by Hurst Green School pupils’ drawings. It is designed to have a visual connection to the structures in the junior area, through the association with a fort using fort shape turrets. It is a multi-unit that offers a range of play options and challenges. It gives a choice of motor play, problem-solving and spatial awareness.

There is a range of access points using steppingstones, a tunnel, balance beam, ladder, slide, ramp climbing post. These can be used for infant ages of 2-6 years, independently, in groups and with a chaperon.

The bespoke design is one that keeps the unit open for being able to view and explore across one level which evokes a sense of wonder to the landscape. There is a range of exploring apparatus such as climbing net, balance beam and bridge.

The tractor will stand in the area previously occupied by the train. It links with the agricultural imagery of the surrounding landscape as well as offering imaginative play options for individuals and groups. It can also be used as a bench for resting.

The Hurst Green ‘Fort with Zip Wire’ design proposal has been directly inspired by the pupils of Hurst Green. It consists of four towers connected by battlements and walkways. A ramp from the ground level takes you to the upper level and connects all the towers together, giving wheelchair access to the whole upper level. Two towers are fort/castle inspired, another is in the form of a giant tree and the fourth is a form of a giant nest, it is a fusion of fortifications with nature built in timber.

The design has a natural and organic aesthetic to blend into the landscape whilst giving an imaginative and sculptural approach to a large-scale play structure. The inside of the castle walls and tree tunnels will host a range of puzzles, wall textures, rotating puzzles, mirrors and talk tubes.

This is suitable for all abilities and will aid sensory experiences for the users to add further engagement with the space. It has many play values from ramps, ladders, fire fighters’ pole, slide, climbing wall, climbing net, climbing poles, tunnels, bridges, and towers. It offers a maze of spaces and opportunity for motor play; it can be used by groups or individuals and gives many options for role play. One tower has a throne with seats inside to promote social and imaginative play.

The turret and tunnel structures have an architectural ornamentation with gargoyles and grotesques designed by local pupils which will be pre-fabricated. The tree shape tower is more organic and adorned by wildlife also designed by the local pupils. The boardwalk connects directly onto the zip wire launch platform, giving access directly from the castle to the zip wire. Zip wire is positioned parallel to the hedge at the side of the field.

Could you be the change? Fancy being part of a group of volunteers who will work together to devise and create something amazing, please do send us your details via the volunteer interest form.

 

Plans for the Hurst Green park regeneration receives a boost

Plans for the Hurst Green park regeneration receives a boost from District Council Community Grant

In March 2021, Hurst Green was awarded a £30k grant from Rother District Council’s Community Grant programme towards the regeneration of the Children’s Park located in the centre of Hurst Green village.

The grant, applied for by Hurst Green parish Councillors, followed resident consultation carried out during the Neighbourhood Plan process that uncovered that many local children see the park as being a drab and unstimulating place to spend time. 

Designed back in the late 90’s, much of play equipment itself is not accessible to all, with provision for those with physical and, or mental impairments being particularly lacking. 

The plan is an exciting redesign that will provide improved facilities that can be used by children of all ages and that will provide a play balance that will include active, sensory, creative, imaginative, manipulative, social, and reflective play. Ensuring that all children who visit, have access, as far as possible, to the experience.

Along with new children’s play equipment, the plan is to improve the overall space, and give the revamped park a strong sense of place that speaks to the culture, location, and “spirit” of our rural community.

The District Council commentary remarked that “this project supports the delivery of the aims and objectives of the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan and springboards the aspirations of a Community Hub for the village.”