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Play time is almost here for village near Stafford with no play area

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

Acton Trussell

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Acton Trussell children will get their own play area on the Parish Sports Field on Acton Hill Road, thanks to a £19,993 windfall awarded to Acton Trussell, Bednall and Teddesley Hay Parish Council.

The cash has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund, a cash pot which landfill site owners pay into to help local communities.

South Staffordshire councillor Leonard Bates said: “This grant is great news.

“There are currently no play facilities within the parish, so this project will provide a place where children and families can enjoy outdoor exercise and social interaction.”

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Wildlife lovers will also get a cash boost from the fund after £33,585 was awarded to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

The charity is putting the grant towards ongoing improvements at Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve, on the edge of Stafford. Work includes creating a new accessible bird hide and pond dipping platforms for families and school groups to get close to the wetland’s aquatic wildlife.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s fundraising manager James Dennison said: “These improvements will enhance Doxey Marshes for the local community and visitors from outside the area. The new facilities will encourage people to learn about the natural world and enjoy the outdoors.”

The grants were just two of 54, totalling more than £1.4 million, awarded to community and environmental projects at Veolia Environmental Trust’s quarterly board meeting earlier this month.

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