Plan for new £128,000 play area at Ferry Meadows revealed

An artist's impression of the new badger play area at Ferry Meadows. Photo: Davies White EMN-150817-172312001
An artist's impression of the new badger play area at Ferry Meadows. Photo: Davies White EMN-150817-172312001

Plans for a £128,000 play area at Ferry Meadows with climbing trees, a badger den and slide have been revealed by the Nene Park Trust.

The charitable organisation has submitted a planning application for the project to Peterborough City Council and hopes to open the new badger play area in spring 2016.

An artist's impression of the new badger play area at Ferry Meadows. Photo: Davies White EMN-150817-172302001

An artist's impression of the new badger play area at Ferry Meadows. Photo: Davies White EMN-150817-172302001

It is the second at Ferry Meadows to be redone following the success of the otter play area, which opened in April last year.

Trust visitor services manager Teresa Wood said: “Our aim has been to create a play space that is both exciting and accessible.

“Over the recent months we have worked with Little Miracles (a parent led support group and charity for families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions), a guide group and a local school as well as our staff team.”

The play area design works with existing trees and nearby wooded areas. As shown on the plan above, it will include: 1) giant badger den climbing structure; 2) basket swing; 3) community tree table; 4) islands and rainwater-collecting ditches; 5) living willow badger sculpture; 6) giant climbing trees; 7) giant tree seats; 8) in-ground trampoline; 9) bike parking log.

Andrée Davies, of landscape architect, Davies White, said: “Nature is the ultimate playground and that’s exactly what we have designed here. Inspired by the local wildlife and landscape, the Badger playground is inclusive and fun for all the family.”

The badger park will be built in play of the current Overton play area. The money for it comes from the trust’s capital pot. It receives no Government funding.

The plans can be seen in full at the Peterborough City Council website.