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Monday 22 July 2019

Work begins on Ferns playground

Artist’s impression of the new Norman themed playground being developed in Ferns
Artist’s impression of the new Norman themed playground being developed in Ferns

Brendan Keane

Work has begun in Ferns on development of a new playground which is the culmination of many years of work by a local committee.

The facility will have a Norman theme and a spokesperson for the local development association told this newspaper that everyone in the community is excited that work has finally begun on the project.

'This exciting project is several years in the making and is being constructed to provide an outdoor experience for local children and families as well as those from further afield,' said the spokesperson.

The playground is being developed as part of the Ferns Town and Village Renewal project and is being constructed in conjunction with the Wexford County Council.

The project is being managed by Ferns Development Association.

'The playground itself will be constructed to reflect the history and heritage of Ferns and it's castle themed structure will include a rope bridge, tower, slides, ladders and a scramble net,' said the spokesperson.

'The playground will also have swings, a bug hotel, sensory boards and toddler area,' he added.

The Medieval themed playground is one of several programmes starting in Ferns through the village renewal scheme all with the aim of maximising the tourism potential of the village.

A Tourism Development plan is in progress and the association spokesperson said future events and activities will come from that.

'There will also be an Interpretive space in Ferns Community Centre and programmes put in place to develop the skills of young people including music, crafts and video production workshops,' he said.

A number of fundraising activities will begin in the coming weeks to help Ferns provide some matching voluntary funds for the playground and the other village renewal programmes.

The spokesperson commented: 'It has been agreed for Ferns to raise €30,000 for the programmes to help support funding from Wexford County Council and a number of events and activities will be commencing to help fund this.'

Anyone interested in getting involved or giving their support to the fundraising events can find out more by contacting jomalley@strivesearch.com.

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