Two and a half years’ of hard work by a group of young Gypsies from Boscarn Parc in Cornwall has seen a muddy field transformed into a new children’s play area and multi-purpose sports pitch.
TravellerSpace supported twelve young people in identifying what was needed for their site and the neighbouring community. Consultation events were held, including a den building session with the Eden Project, which concluded that what was wanted was an area to play sports and playground equipment for the younger children. Visits to other play areas and the Eden Project helped to refine the young people’s plans. The young people remained engaged with the long and sometimes frustrating process of preparing funding bids, attending meeting and giving presentations.
The play and sports area was completed in May 2011 as part of a larger refurbishment of the site. To celebrate the children helped organise a launch party and on a windy day more than fifty people gathered for 5-a-side football competition, a chance to learn circus skills, dance and to play.
Thanks to Pool Academy, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council and the Eden Project for their support throughout the project and particularly to the funders who made it possible – Groundwork UK, Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces, Playbuilder Fund and Our Money Your Dream.