Funding approved for access and play area improvements at Hall Om Wong Kimberley

Funding approved for access and play area improvements at Hall Om Wong Kimberley

24/04/20 - The local community in Kimberley are set to get an improved play area and open space thanks to a £54,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

The money, along with £30,000 from Broxtowe Borough Council will be used to provide new play equipment and rubber surfacing, improved paths and access points at the popular open space on Eastwood Road in Kimberley.

Councillor Helen Skinner, Chair of the Climate Change and Environment Committee at Broxtowe Borough Council believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Kimberley. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our play area and open space improvements taking shape over the coming months”

Cheryl Raynor, Grant Manager at FCC Communities Foundation says:

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, FCC Community Foundations local grant manager says: “We are delighted to have supported the Borough Council to help bring this project to fruition, this is a fantastic facility for local people and we look forward to work starting shortly.

FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

For more information about FCC Communities Foundation funding contact Cheryl Raynor at or visit

The improvements to Hall Om Wong have been designed following extensive consultation with local people and will see an extended play area with a large area of rubber surfacing installed, complete with play equipment to suit a range of ages and abilities. Access points and paths will be improved to make the open space more welcoming and woodland paths will be surfaced to make them accessible all year round. Other improvements include fencing and habitat creation, with an area of meadow to be created to benefit pollinating insects.

The project has been designed in accordance with Broxtowe Borough Council’s Green Futures Initiative and as well as improving habitat for threatened pollinating insects the work will be as sustainable as possible. Any concrete, wood or steel from the old play area will be taken away for recycling, with no material transported to landfill. Recycled aggregates will be used in construction of the area and the old bark from the play area will be recycled on site as path surfacing. The safer rubber surfacing will be made from recycled rubber, with the area using and estimated 1,000 tyres to complete and all the new equipment will all be constructed from materials that can be recycled at the end of their service life.

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