Royal connection for new Frampton Cotterell play area equipment

May 29 2019
Royal connection for new Frampton Cotterell play area equipment

A COMPANY which is providing new play equipment for Frampton Cotterell’s Beesmoor Road playing fields has the royal seal of approval.

Bristol-based TouchWood will provide the new equipment as part of a £160,000 revamp organised by a committee of volunteers over five years of hard work.

The company’s products were in the national spotlight when a treehouse it built appeared in a garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Beesmoor Road playground is currently closed as its long-awaited transformation gets underway.

The existing equipment is being removed, with new play items arriving from TouchWood over the next few weeks. They should be in place in time for an official opening ceremony at the Village Picnic and Fun Dog Show – but the equipment won’t be ready for children to play on at that stage.

After the picnic the final pieces of new equipment will be positioned and workshops are being planned where residents can get hands on helping to build part of the project.


Beesmoor playing fields

Work is underway to revamp the play area at the Beesmoor playing fields in Frampton Cotterell

Kate Colchin, the lead fundraiser on the playing fields committee, said: “TouchWood have started carefully removing the old equipment, meanwhile at their workshop in Bristol, our new equipment is taking shape.

This project started in 2014 and I’m excited that work has now started on site!

You can have an opportunity to be part of the redevelopment project. Come along to the workshops led by TouchWood in July and we'll be building a den frame which will be part of the new play area.”

Kate advises that play area at Page Park in Downend has many similar features so it’s worth people going there to take a look. There will also be a community workshop in the autumn to produce a willow tunnel. The committee hopes details of both workshops will be available in time for the picnic.

The committee is currently waiting to see if it has been successful with a further grant application to help finish the project.

The Village Picnic and Fun Dog Show, on Saturday June 15 from 11.30 to 4pm, is the last chance to raise funds for the redevelopment.

The official opening of the play area by Winterbourne children’s author John Parsons is at 12.15pm with the dog show at 12.30pm. There will be stalls, pony rides, food, and entertainment for all the family.

Main picture: Joe Cooper from TouchWood with the tree house the company created for a garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge for the Chelsea Flower Show.