New playground and community garden for Preston

Preston City Trampoline Club head coach Colin Robson

Preston City Trampoline Club head coach Colin Robson

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A disused piece of land at a city trampolining club is set to be given a new lease of life.

Land adjacent to Preston City Trampoline in Blackpool Road will be transformed into a play and recreation space.

It has been designed by Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan (LWW), club members and the community.

The project has been given a boost by First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission through the Green Grants scheme.

It will include gym equipment, picnic/meeting spaces and gardening, and will cater for a wide range of abilities and needs.

Colin Robson, head coach at the club, said: “We are hoping within three or four weeks that we can start, we are getting the funding together and the man power.

“It will be nice when it is done. We are turning it into a nice little area where people can come and sit outside, like a community garden with disability use built into it.”

Rachael Hesketh, green space engagement coordinator at Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant from FTPE and the Forestry Commission.

“It will provide our volunteers with the tools and support they need to transform what is currently an area of wasteland into a vibrant green space to be used and enjoyed by the local community.

“As a result of the grant, we’ve now decided to phase the project.

“We now have £5,000, which will enable us to apply for an additional £30,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.

“This vital funding will enable us to continue in our mission to change places and change peoples’ lives.”

The competition is open annually to community groups, charities, allotment associations, schools and other individuals who allow open access to their land. Applicants could apply for up to £3,000.