Thanks to a team of apprentices from Dale Power Solutions, children in the villages of East andWest Ayton near Scarborough can now play in a safe, clean, bright playpark with mini nature reserve.
The team of apprentices who are taking part in the national Brathay Apprentice Challenge, took the opportunity to engage with the local community and renovate the tired park as their community project which is part of the challenge. The repaired and freshly painted play equipment is now being enjoyed by children, families, schools who provide care for disabled children, locals and visitors.
Apprentice team leader Mickyle Clark explains why the park was chosen, “We looked at several local projects before choosing Ayton Playpark as our community project. After talking with Mick Almond, Secretary for East and West Ayton Playing Fields, we knew that between us we had the right set of skills to deliver a great outcome for the village. The cleaning, repairing, painting has all been done by our team of nine apprentices.
The project involved a complete clean-up of the park, removing moss from the ground, painting and repairing the play equipment and adding flower beds and animal habitats or and bug hotels to encourage wildlife to the area. The climbing frames, see-saw and swings are now painted in bright, appealing colours.
The team engaged support from the National Trust to learn how to build appropriate wildlife habitats and then passed on their knowledge by working local 2nd ELO Scout Group to build a number of boxes which are now in situ at the park.
Mickyle is excited to see how much the park has changed, “It’s amazing to see how the park had been transformed. “All the play equipment has been sanded and repaired and is now painted it vivid colours. We’ve built raised flower beds and planted them with plants and flowers and all the equipment has been sanded down and repaired. It’s now bright and welcoming to both children and bugs!”