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The Friends Need Your Help in Upgrading the Vine Road Recreation Ground

Categories: Children,East Sheen News,News

The Friends of Barnes Common are crowdfunding to upgrade the Vine Road recreation ground to build a temporary pump track for skateboarders and scooters, a sand and water play area for smaller children and plant more trees. 

Their crowdfunding project already has over 70 supporters and over £6000 pledged. The Vine Road recreation ground’s catchment area includes several areas of deprivation as well as a higher than average number of children and young people.

The Friends are applying for the Mayor of London’s resilience fund for Phase 2 of The Vine Road Project and hope that they can get the community to rally behind them, showing their support by donating to the crowdfunder, offering to share skills and volunteering, as well as sharing/liking/commenting on the project’s Spacehive crowdfunding page.

“With this funding we hope to test some elements of the Master Plan this summer, including a temporary pump track for skateboarders, scooters and roller-bladers to enjoy” – says Jackie Marie, the Friends’ development officer. 

“We are keen for your support in designing and implementing this, so if you are looking for a place to show off your skills, join our campaign and show the Mayor this is what you want! For younger families, we hope to make some small improvements to the park, such as some early years play equipment and outdoor seating near the pop up café, you will be able to enjoy your coffee or tea while your children play safely within sight. We would also like to add some additional planters to grow our popular community growing project and we would like to build a temporary outdoor classroom for use by the whole community.”

“The Mayor of London’s team are now assessing our campaign and over 70 others, to help him decide which projects he would like to pledge to on March 15th. We need you, let’s work together and help us show him we have your support!”

“We believe this project will give our community a little something to look forward to this summer as restrictions are lifted and we begin to return to normalcy” – said Jackie, who is also keen for more locals to join the Friends of Barnes Common. Membership is free, and it gives you a voice on behalf of the community when it comes to expressing support or concerns about issues affecting these open green spaces.

Author: Bori Kiss

Bori has been a member of the ESV team since 2012. She loves long walks in Richmond Park and coffee that's not too hot to drink.