£15,000 makeover for Cockshaugh

A POPULAR St Andrews playground has won a £15,000 jackpot.

Cockshaugh Park topped more than 1000 playground nominations and 5000 shortlist votes from parents across the UK to receive the renovation bursary as part of Robinsons Fruit Shoot’s national mission to protect outdoor play

This week’s announcement means that Cockshaugh playground is one of only five in the UK to receive a renovation bursary of up to £15,000 in the Parents for Playgrounds campaign.

Local mum, Bren Thompson - who nominated the playground and encouraged the surrounding community to vote - told the Citizen: “We’re so excited to have won the Parents for Playgrounds bursary. I couldn’t believe it when I first heard!

‘‘We’ve been blogging, calling and flyering like crazy to get people in St Andrews to support us and now all of our hard work has really paid off.

‘‘The £15,000 bursary is going to make such a massive difference to our local playground and to all of the children that play there, and I really can’t wait to hear and see more on how the money is going to be put to good use!”

SHORTLIST

Since February, the Parents for Playgrounds campaign has asked mums and dads to nominate and vote for their local playgrounds to help promote and preserve traditional outdoor play around the country and ensure that the UK’s children stay active, healthy and happy.

Cockshaugh was one of 20 shortlisted by Robinsons, the expert play charity and backers of the campaign, Play England, and celebrity supporter, Patsy Kensit, because it had been a past favourite with locals - but was found to be in a desperate need of repair.

In March, however, voting was opened out on Ready for Ten to encourage communities to get behind their local playground and vote for it.

Along with Cockshaugh, the other four which received the most votes were Chardstock Playground in Devon, St Margaret’s Park Playground in Edinburgh, Kings Heath Park in Birmingham and Ropsley Park in Lincolnshire.

The new playgrounds are expected to be unveiled later this year.