The beacon preparation is underway by Cowdray estate in readiness for lighting to Commemorate end of WWI. Save the date and come along on the 11th November 2018 at 6pm: http://easebourne.org/event/beacon-lighting/?instance_id=59
Please note that Easebourne Park will be closed on SEPTEMBER 26th, 27th and 28th as heavy machinery will be in use, preparing for the planting of wildflower seeds, bulbs, heathers and trees. Details of how you can help with planting can be found ‘here‘ or on the Easebourne Village Facebook page.
WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE
Saturday 1st September saw the official opening of Easebourne Park! After years in the planning and 3 months of building, our brand new, innovative play park and community space is open to all and we were thrilled that so many people from the village and further afield came along to enjoy it!
After a few words from the Parish Council and the Heads of our Village Schools, the ribbon was cut by 2 pupils and the fun began. The sun shone, there were free cakes, cold drinks and goody bags for the kids. Children explored the Wildwood Dens created by oak donated from the Cowdray Estate and gave the swings, zip wire, slide and tramolines a thorough test too! All this with live music from local trio Yukon Bass, ice creams from the team at Fitzcanes and free face painting!
The final stages of Phase 1 for the Park will take place in October and November, with the planting of heathers, wild flower seeds, bulbs, a new hedgerow and trees. We’d love as many villagers as possible to get involved in these planting events so if you can spare a few hours or a few days, please get in touch with us. We’ve also got several more volunteer projects in September to improve the footpath access onto Wheelbarrow Castle and to add some new steps into the Park from the school car park. If you can help with either of these projects please also get in touch for more details, check the Volunteering page on this site or on the Easebourne Village Facebook page.
Easebourne Parish Council is in competition with 2 other projects to win £4000 towards providing additional, inclusive and innovative play equipment for Easebourne Park. Our initiative is in competition along with the other two other projects in our region. The competition will decided by a vote in 2 Tesco stores, Midhurst Tesco Express and Haslemere Tesco Superstore, where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018. The lucky winner will be notified by end November. The project with the highest number of votes will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000, and the third placed project £1,000.
PLEASE VOTE FOR EASEBOURNE PARK EVERY TIME YOU SHOP AT TESCO and help us provide additional, inclusive and innovative play equipment for your local community park.
A date for your diary! With work progressing well on the creation of Easebourne Park, the whole village is invited to bring a picnic to the Park and celebrate it’s official opening on Saturday 1st September between 1pm and 4pm. There will be live music, refreshments, face painters and goody bags for the children! See you there!
Due to limited parking in the school car park, families are encouraged to walk to Easebourne Park.
Another busy and successful week on site at Easebourne Park, with the traditional play equipment on track to be completed by this weekend. We then welcome back PB Groundworks who will start creating the 650m of meandering pathways on 6th August. The Park is really starting to look complete now; however, the signage, rubbish bins, dog bag dispensers and park benches still to be fitted. All on track for completion and the official opening on the 1st September!
The first delivery of Cowdray Estate oak arrived and the first of the 4 Wildwood structures started. The scale of the Dens and Trails has just come into stark relief. They will be impressive innovative play areas. The great weather is assisting the team keep on schedule.
Much to our excitement, the Wildwood team has arrived and is starting work. These innovative wild natural play dens and trails will be one of the unique highlights of the Park. i attach a short piece from the Wildwood site which nicely paraphrases why the Easebourne Parish Council selected Wildwood.
“Have you ever known a child that doesn’t like to climb trees or balance on a fallen tree trunk? Most children and most grown-ups can’t resist it. There’s excitement, there’s nature, there’s trepidation but confidence, there’s also a bit of risk. We think all this is key to healthy human development and it allows children to feel wild and free. With natural play, there are no preconceived ideas about what play is and this allows children to use their imagination more than they would with conventional play equipment that’s largely designed for a single activity.
Our nature play recipe is simple, we take the natural attraction that children have for climbing on tree trunks and we use our ecological and design expertise to create wild natural play areas. These are full of opportunities for natural exploration and they’re made from natural materials and change with the seasons. The natural oak tree trunks attract wildlife for the children to discover whilst they’re playing. Our play areas have natural ‘wow’ factor compared to conventional play equipment. The finishing touch with our designs is to carve local distinctiveness into the surface of the timber. The subtle carvings are left unlabelled like a secret code that encourages the children to think about their local community, local history and nature.” Of note, the carving designs are being produced by the children of Easebourne Primary School and Conifers School.
The image below is representative of a Wildwood Den, 2 of which will be constructed in Easebourne Park, together with 2 Wildwood Trails.
Lawrence of……………………….. not Arabia, but Wildwood!
Wildwood tele-handler, used for the transport and manipulation of the oak logs.