Wheelbarrow Castle Field

Latest News from Easebourne Park

5th July 2018

As we approach the end of third week of the Wildwood phase of the Easebourne Park project, we are delighted to report that the Wildwood Trails and Dens are very much complete. Whilst trimming, small adjustments and carving remains outstanding, the surrounding raised bunding, designed to retain the bark, is in place and the bark is to be delivered on Thursday and/or Friday.  We are sure everyone we will be very satisfied with what Lawrence Trowbridge of Wildwood has achieved with the Cowdray Estate donated wood. Pleasingly, the children of Easebourne Primary School and Conifers School have provided carving designs which will be incorporated into the wood of the dens and trails shortly.

Filling the pond with water is an issue for now. ACS Groundworks very generously has donated a substantial amount of their water which has made a great start; however, we will need much more to fill the pond and allow planting of the water-loving plants to be undertaken. It may be that this aspect of the Park will have to remain unfinished until nearer the winter, when the pond will be filled naturally through the drainage system we have in place and through falling rainwater.
Chris Collyer, of Playsafe Playgrounds, is due to start on 16th July and PB Groundworks will be returning to finish off the park with paths in early August. So, all currently on time and on budget.
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17th and 24th September, and 1st October 2018 – Volunteering Opportunities in Easebourne Park

Easebourne Parish Council have three new opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the creation of Easebourne Park, which is adjacent to Wheelbarrow Castle.

On three Mondays: 17th and 24th September 2018 and 1st October 2018, we will be joined by Darren Rolfe from West Sussex County Council who will the tasks which include installation of a new ramp and two sets of steps which improve access to the Park for everyone.

All equipment will be provided as well as tea and biscuits, so if you can spare a few hours or would just like further information, please get in touch! Contact parishclerk@easebourne.org or Sharon on 07342 166 188.

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Cowdray Timber is Delivered…

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.

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Easebourne Park Pond Excavation!

As some of you may have already seen, work has well and truly commenced on the early stages of the park. The drainage channels are in, with the exit of the drainage pipe designed to flow into the pond. The pond itself has been excavate and the natural clay liner due to be delivered and fitted early next week. The oak wood trunks and branches, kindly donated by the Cowdray Estate, will be delivered over the next 2 weeks with the first deliveries starting on Mon 25 June. Wildwood personnel recently visited Cowdray and inspected the timber which has been allocated to the project and came away very impressed indeed. These timber deliveries will be timed to cause minimum disruption to the primary school car park users. If this fine weather continues, the progress of the Park will be swift.

The pond dug, awaiting the natural environmentally-friendly clay liner, with drainage exit pipe from the groundworks clearly visible. The pond measures approx 11mtrs x 6 mtrs and is kidney shaped. It will have at least 2 log seats on its periphery.

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Wildwood contractors arrive on-site

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.

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Essential drainage groundworks start

The former sports field was only fully usable in the summer months due to a tendency to becoming waterlogged during the wetter months, resulting in a large portion of the field becoming unusable.  thus, the first practical works required was to insert land drains to ensure ground water flowed away from the north east section of the field into an area where the pond will be placed. this work was contracted to PB Groundworks, a local contractor, who completed the work in under 5 working days.  First the site had to be fully fenced off to ensure public safety.

Fencing sourced and erected by Playsafe Playgrounds, one of the 3 main contractors for Easebourne Park.

Extensive drainage almost complete.

Phil of PB Groundworks – one of the 3 main contractors, who will return to complete the perimeter paths in August once the play equipment installed.

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Easebourne Park – an update on progress

Excitingly, work on Easebourne Park has started.  The security fencing has been delivered and erected by Playsafe Playgrounds, allowing for a path outside the fencing from the public footpath to the south of the park to the school.  The drainage groundworks are about to start.
The paperwork for the necessary £40K loan to the Parish Council from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DGLC) has been submitted and consultations with DGLC has commenced.  Of note, is that the Parish Council has raised £90k, comprising the majority of the £130K funds required for the project.
A notice board with a diagram of the project has been installed to the Easebourne Park fence next to the school car park and the “Site Office” based in Easebourne Primary School, is now ready for use during the construction and installation work  from Monday 11th June 2018.
The overall schedule, remains as follows:
o   8th June 2018: Site security fence, security container and site loo, delivered and erected by Playsafe Playgrounds – completed.
o   11th June 2018: PB Groundworks to commence initial drainage groundworks.
o  20th June 2018: Wildwood UK to commence dens, trails, pond.
o   16th July 2018: Playsafe Playgrounds to construct and erect traditional play equipment.
o   1st August 2018: PB Groundworks complete groundworks (path, bench pads and make good).
o   13th August -20th August 2018: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) inspection of the park, signs erected, benches and bins installed, security fence removed.
o    Nominally, Saturday 1st September opening event.
Immediate Activity
1.  PB Groundworks will deliver a digger to the site on Monday 11th June 2018, a dumper truck on Tuesday 12th June 2018 and commence the drainage works.
2.  A large lorry load of pea shingle will be delivered later this week, at a time fully coordinated with the school.
For any queries about the Easebourne Park project, please contact the Clerk to the Easebourne Parish Council on 07342 166 188
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