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New woodland play area and nature trail for East Sheen Common

12 October 2021

As part of Richmond Council’s commitment to improve our parks and open spaces, and in partnership with the Friends of Sheen Common, East Sheen Common has a new woodland play area and nature trail!

The new play area has been open to the public since last month and had an official opening on Sunday 26 September. It is the second woodland playground to be installed and brings the borough’s total number of playgrounds to sixty-four!

The play area is within the historic woodlands and adjacent to the football pitch. Play equipment includes a mix of swings, multi-play units, an accessible wide slide and climbing apparatus. The nature trail consists of steeping stones, a bridge and other elements. Equipment is suitable for children up to 11 years old and there is an accessible footpath from the football pitch to the playground.

A public consultation took place in September 2019 to invite feedback on the proposed new play area and nature trail. Nearly 80% of respondents supported the proposal.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee for Richmond Council, said:

“Spaces that encourage play are so important for young people’s mental and physical health.

“It’s wonderful to see the new play area nestled in the woods on East Sheen Common for local families to enjoy.”

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Updated: 12 October 2021