Community Playcentre All Weather Garden

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Community Playcentre All Weather Garden

Community Playcentre @ Walberton By Community Playcentre @ Walberton

Remove current grassed area and replace with an all weather surface to enable all the children who access this facility to enjoy and discover the benefits of outdoor play all year and in any weather.

Walberton Fundraising stage

pledged of £16,605
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £16,605 by 12 Sep 2019

An all weather surface will provide babies with the opportunity to explore the outdoors from the moment they arrive when they are non mobile through to crawling, walking and then running. As the children get older our garden offers them the opportunity to develop their movement and skills in a larger space. All children will have an opportunity to go outside during all sessions and discover the feeling of being in fresh air, and experiencing all different elements in the natural world. Our primary school age children enjoy the opportunities provided by our outdoor space after their school day, often sharing the activities with their younger siblings and friends. This all weather surface will provide the opportunity to use the whole garden every day of the year, whatever the weather, which is so important for all our children.

What we'll deliver:

  • Replace the grassed area with an all weather surface.
  • Provide a separate garden area for the babies and toddlers to explore outside.
  • Provide a nursery garden with opportunities to develop, create, explore......

Why it's a great idea:

Our children access the outside every day. The current outdoor play space is inaccessible for the majority of the winter months, due to the grass becoming extremely slippery, and changing into a large area of mud, the safety of our children is paramount, but being outside is essential for young children's well being and development. Currently the children enjoy planting and growing, and the new design of the garden will still encourage the children to continue with this opportunity to explore the natural world, but the new surface will provide them with the opportunity to be outside every day whatever the weather. Our garden will be open on a Saturday in June as part of the Walberton Open Gardens Day. Our garden is used at weekends during Community Playcentre events, and when the setting is hired for private parties. We are continuing to develop opportunities for the Playcentre and garden to provide opportunities for children's play within the wider community.

Steps to get it done:

  • Remove the current grass and earth.
  • Prepare the surface to provide drainage.
  • Fit the all weather surface.
  • Fit fixed play equipment, and dividing fencing, which will remain outside.

An accessible outdoor space that can be used all year, in all weathers, will offer our children the best start in life. Being outside is essential for our childrens wellbeing, supports their physical development, encourages exploration, problem solving, co-operation, language, and most importantly gives them a great deal of enjoyment. We are fortunate that our setting also enables our children to go out on to the Parish Recreation field, exploring a large area of grass for play, but our fenced garden provides children with the opportunity to choose to play inside or outside every day. The babies and toddlers will have all their play area covered in a soft surface, enabling them to explore and learn on a rubber mulched area and artificial grass. The older children will still have a patio to ride their wheeled toys, but the rest of their garden will have artificial grass, for a wide variety of activities encouraging them to develop and learn outside.


Location Walberton

About the space

Walberton Recreation Field between the Village Hall and Primary School.


Arun District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £16,605

Resurfacing soft play area and to incude a rubber mulch area to patio - £15,186 (91%)
Other - £1,419 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Resurfacing soft play area and to incude a rubber mulch area to patio
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: 1) Purchase and install additional fixed play equipment 2) Purchase additional outside resources.

Total £16,605

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