Community and Schools Development
A scheme built for a school or community area which may contain both hard and/or soft landscape.
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calverley adventure grounds, royal tunbridge wells
Calverley Grounds is an historic and popular public park in Tunbridge Wells. The original bowling green that was added as an extension to the Grounds in 1923 had been disused since 2005 and became gradually more dilapidated.
The local community unanimously agreed that a children’s play area would be the best use for the land. Each stage of planning, design and fundraising to create Calverley Adventure Grounds has been carried out by members of the community and in just one year they raised £250,000 to build a bespoke play area based on the evolution of the town. So successful was their fundraising model that they have made it widely available to other community groups.
The works undertaken by the contractor, who worked extremely closely with the community representatives, involved site preparation, provision of a new water supply from the existing pavilion to feed the new playground pump with soakaway, path and safety surface construction works, topsoiling to create planting areas integrating site won and imported materials, turfing, supply of shrubs to be planted by volunteers from the community, installation of a timber bridge, boulders, timber feature steps, fencing and gate for the play area, and installation of all play equipment.