SOUTHDOWN OUTDOOR PLAY AREA DEVELOPMENT
This summer the Southdown Whiteway Church and Community Partnership and Horizon Methodist Church have been able to develop their outdoor space with the planting of fruit trees (two apple and one pear) and ‘bee friendly’ shrubs. In addition we have installed two raised beds – one on the front lawn which has seating around the edges and an ‘edibles’ planter at the side which is planted with tomatoes, courgettes, beans, raspberries, herbs and sunflowers, most of which were sourced through the ‘Blooming Whiteway’ initiative. The Toddler group have enjoyed watching their sunflower seeds grow from tiny shoots to 6 foot tall blooms and have been watering the planters with their own little watering cans!
We are very grateful for the support of others to help further develop the outdoor space. With funding from our local councillors, Bath Moral Welfare and a generous legacy, the outdoor space has been developed to enable the Little Stars Toddler Group, Bath Multiples Group and other user groups to make full use of the area. We have installed a Children’s Playshed (which doubles as storage shed for play equipment) and a large raised Sandpit for the children to enjoy. The area has been made secure with fencing to the front and a gate to the rear so that children can play safely. Our Little Stars and their parents/carers are delighted with the outdoor space and we have been encouraging local children to make use of the area too. These developments have also contributed to the Church and Community Partnership and Horizon Methodist Church gaining the Bronze Award for Eco-Church. Thank you to all who have contributed to this wonderful green space for our local community to enjoy.