Friends of Troopers Hill and Friends of Dundridge Park are celebrating their success in each being awarded £50,000 of grant funding from SITA Trust to support their play projects.
This total of £100,000 will pay for a small, under 5s, fenced play area with an access path in Troopers Hill Field and an upgrade in Dundridge Park to the small, ageing play area that is currently only suitable for very young children.
Both Friends groups expressed their gratitude to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership who pledged £15,000 for play in each of the green spaces. Part of this money was then able to be used to make the contribution necessary to release these grants. Friends of Dundridge Parks Chair, Geoff Reeson also said of the Neighbourhood Partnership, “They also funded a professional fundraiser to help us.”
Letters of support were used in the grant applications from local MP Kerry McCarthy, Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council.
SITA Trust funding comes from the Landfill Communities Fund which is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators, of which SITA is one, to contribute money to organisations for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.
Chair of Troopers Hill, Susan Acton-Campbell, has sent us this photo of the only current piece of manufactured play equipment in Troopers Hill Field with the message, “Thank you so much to almost 500 people who showed their support for a new play area, it really impressed SITA Trust. You also made clear your concerns – don’t worry, this much loved slide will stay and continue to be cared for. The new, small play area will be quite a distance away from the slide. The goal posts are also staying”.
More Troopers Hill Field details here.