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Playareas open at Sacrewell




Sophie Williams, five, plays in the new sandpit Photos: Lee Hellwing
Sophie Williams, five, plays in the new sandpit Photos: Lee Hellwing

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, operated by the William Scott Abbott Trust charity, has opened new outside play areas, including a giant sandpit and the Sacrewell Trec, made possible with donations from Barnack Estates UK Ltd.

Rob Facer, chairman at Barnack Estates and his colleague and Kirstin Garizio from Barnack Estates officially opened the sandpit and Trec at Sacrewell and got a chance to see and experience how their donated materials have been put to use.

The Sacrewell Trec has been designed by Richard Hadfield, strategic projects manager at Sacrewell.

He took his inspiration from Le Trec, an equestrian sport, the course encapsulates all the obstacles that might be encountered on the perfect country walk; from swinging over a ravine, to climbing fallen trees and crossing muddy paths on a plank.

In the giant sandpit, children can play with buckets, spades and in the dinghy, whilst grown-ups can relax in deck chairs and seek shade under the umbrellas.

The sandpit and Trec can be found outside the Playbarn.

Richard Hadfield, Sacrewell strategic projects manager; Kirstin Garizio, Barnack Estates; Rob Facer, Barnack Estates; Debbie Queen, Sacrewell general manager
Richard Hadfield, Sacrewell strategic projects manager; Kirstin Garizio, Barnack Estates; Rob Facer, Barnack Estates; Debbie Queen, Sacrewell general manager

Barnack Estates has donated all ten tonnes of sand for the giant sandpit and five tonnes of materials including gravel, pebbles and play bark for the Trec area.

Debbie Queen, general manager at Sacrewell, said “We are very grateful to Barnack Estates for their kind donations.

"We are a charity so these donations have made a huge difference to us, allowing us to create more outside play areas for children to enjoy.

“At Sacrewell we aim to reconnect children with the countryside and we have already seen so many children enjoying the new play opportunities; we hope to see many more as the Summer continues.”

Rob Facer, chairman of Barnack Estates, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Sacrewell develop these exciting new play areas.

"Sacrewell is a much loved local institution and has always offered children and families plenty of opportunities to play indoors and out.

"The new play areas will allow children to exercise their imaginations as they take on the challenge of the Trec or dig for treasure in the sandpit. While I visited the site it was wonderful to see children playing and learning outdoors.”

Sacrewell is running a number of activities throughout the summer holidays.

As part of the 50 Days of Summer Campaign there will be animal activities throughout the day from sheep snuggling, animal handling and goat walking to pond dipping.

Farmer’s Apprentice sessions will also run every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays.

Accompanied children and adults are invited to spend two hours with the livestock and farm manager. Pre-booking is essential.



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