Childs play and a walk on the wild side!

I had a great time in the little Moorlands village of Grindon at the weekend where I was opening one of Staffordshire’s 25 new Playbuilder schemes – that’s a playground to you and me.

Grindon’s playground is the smallest to be included on the scheme but means a lot to Grindon’s children. It’s only cost £4,000, but that will represent real value-for-money if the children continue to get as much enjoyment out of it as they did on Saturday. A small grant like this means a lot to a small village.

The children can play on the village green, and all the equipment is made of natural local materials, so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in a traditional setting.

Watch this video to find out more about Playbuilder 2009

I attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust yesterday.

It was founded in 1969 and now has over 16,000 members and manages 30 natures reserves across the county, including Highgate Common which they recently took over from the county council. Their headquarters at Wolseley Bridge near Rugeley is truly impressive and I always enjoy my visits there and to any of their other sites.

The county council is responsible for large areas of Staffordshire countryside, and we’ve worked closely with the Trust this year. They’ve helped us out fighting the Phytophthora outbreak on Cannock Chase and we’ve also developed the beautiful Weaver Way walk up in the Moorlands together.

I am quite sure the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will continue to grow in the next 40 years.

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