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Changes to Stanwick Lakes’ Natural Play Area!

by | Oct 5, 2023

Regular visitors will have noticed that we have bid farewell to a small part of our extensive natural play area. But fret not, we have plans to update it with something fresh and new in the near future.

The piece that’s coming down has been a beloved part of our play area for quite some time and it was nearing the end of its natural life. We want to ensure that our visitors always have the best experience possible, which is why we’ve decided to make this change.

Thanks to our wonderful corporate partner, Cummins, who regularly volunteer with us and who put forward a team of eager helpers and together with our regular conservation volunteers, we have dismantled and removed the old equipment. Soon, we’ll have a cleared space ready for exciting new adventures.

The rest of our extensive adventure playground situated in the central hub area remains open and unaffected, featuring water play, a large sand play area, tunnels, stepping stones, and several other structures, including our popular climbing tower with giant slide. We also have a full-on obstacle course, with cargo net, and an adventure trail with pieces of pieces of play equipment along the route, including climbing, a rope bridge over the water, balance beams and a double zip line. Both are a short distance from the Visitor Centre and provide the incentive for youngsters to explore without stopping play!

So, what’s coming next? Well, in the immediate future, we’ll be making room for sand play in that space, perfect for imaginative play and creative mini-adventures. But that’s just the beginning! Our dedicated ranger team is bursting with creative ideas for new, interactive, stimulating, and accessible play equipment that we can build; recycling any wood that is in good condition as well as donated materials.

In the meantime, we’re planning to fully relaunch the return of a mini “Stanwick on Sea,” a popular attraction we’ve had onsite previously.

At Stanwick Lakes, one of our aims is to make nature and the great outdoors accessible to all. To achieve this, the charity will be launching a fundraising campaign dedicated to bringing new, bigger, and more accessible natural play equipment to Stanwick Lakes. We invite you to be a part of this exciting journey.

If you are an individual or an organisation interested in making a donation or sponsoring play equipment, please get in touch. Together, we can make Stanwick Lakes an even more incredible destination for families where everyone can have fun and connect with nature.

If you want to get involved as a volunteer, there are several ways you can help. We are always open to new volunteers wishing to join our small but passionate team of rangers regularly on Wednesday’s to help with their conservation work. In turn, this allows more time and resources to go into special projects such as this one. And if you are interested in volunteering with specific skills relevant to this project, please let us know.

However you wish to contribute, we are incredibly grateful for your support and appreciate your patience whilst these changes take place.

Feel free to contact us with us if you have any questions, ideas, or simply want to be part of our exciting journey towards creating an even better Stanwick Lakes. Together, we can maintain and add to our natural play area, keeping it as a place of joy, adventure, and cherished memories for everyone.

Stay tuned for more updates and get ready for a fresh and exciting adventure at Stanwick Lakes!

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