Volunteers Brighten up Berrymede Playground

Colourful renovations revealed in time for new school year

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Thirteen young volunteers have finished a colourful revamp of their school playground just in time for the start of the new school year.

The Berrymede Primary pupils - aged 10 and 11 - today officially unveiled their renovations, revealing flowerbeds, murals and mosaics almost seven months in the making.

The work was undertaken as part of the Big Lottery-funded Community Space Challenge, a national initiative to help young people transform public spaces, gain skills and build pride in their community.

This is the second project undertaken in Acton under this initiative, after the Ealing Council led Youth Inclusion and Support Panel secured a five-year £58,000 grant.

Mayor of Ealing, Barbara Yerolemou, said at today’s event: “This is a fantastic project that channels the energy and enthusiasm of young people into positive, practical activities. The legacy of the project is not just the physical improvements to the school but also the sense of achievement the young people have gained through their participation.”

Ealing Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Ian Gibb, said: ”The improvements have already caught the eye of local residents, who say they make the area brighter and more attractive. The whole project really is a credit to the hard work and creativity of the young volunteers and we hope it leaves them with a lasting pride in their community.”


September 3, 2009