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Weʼre raising £5,000 to revitalise Bells Yard to make it a fun and safe space for children to play.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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We want to engage with children in the local area to produce exciting pieces of artwork to make the area colourful and playful. We'll also cut back some of the overgrowing shrubs and add new ones to revamp the link with nature.

Our goal is to engage with the children from the schools, nurseries and specialist schools in Jesmond. We want to create a series of displays that promote the vibrant nature of the area and build engaging, imaginative play themes for the children.

As part of this work, we will also renew the link with nature. Sadly many of the shrubs are now overgrown and makes a large part of the area inaccessible. We will carefully rework the foliage to build on the ideas produced by the children and add in some new plants to improve the diversity.

It is hoped that this will also encourage more local wildlife, which can be explored in a learning environment for parents and children.

What we'll deliver:

* Undertake a series of children's workshops

* Revitalise foliage and add new plants

* Add artwork and displays to the area

Why it's a great idea:

Jesmond is a vibrant place with a lot of children in the local area. This play area is situated next to the local school and is heavily used by the children throughout the year.

Turning this place into a hidden gem allows local parents to spend time with their children here. Whilst this is already happening, the overgrown and neglected appearance often results in a disappointing visit to the area.

As a result of this crowdfunding appeal, the play area will become more attractive for children to explore nature and play games based on the imagination themes developed from the workshops.

The playground is also set to benefit from a grant from some nearby property developments (“Section 106” money). This is not very much, but has been set aside to cover new equipment, along with the design/installation and maintenance that goes along with this.

Unfortunately, this money won’t be enough for everything, so our plan is to look at the areas that can’t be covered by the grant and use this campaign to make the whole area as interesting as possible.

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      Chris Newell

      Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      My children and their friends regularly use Bells Yard play area. It's decline over recent years is a shame given its great location in Jesmond and with a little TLC I think it could be an exciting place for parents to bring their children.

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