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Community group hosts Childs Hill Park open day to celebrate anniversary

15:15 18 August 2014

Members of the Harrington Scheme help children to plant in beds around the cafe, from left: Rukhsar, 6, Tom and Lam from the Harrington Scheme, Khalida,10, Sahar, 9, and, front, Rahmina, 6. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Members of the Harrington Scheme help children to plant in beds around the cafe, from left: Rukhsar, 6, Tom and Lam from the Harrington Scheme, Khalida,10, Sahar, 9, and, front, Rahmina, 6. Picture: Polly Hancock.

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A community group set up to transform a Childs Hill park celebrated its one-year anniversary with a family open day.

Mia, 12, Stephanie, 9, and Asher, 5, with volunteers, Rachel Winton and Tamara Gertner. Picture: Polly Hancock.Mia, 12, Stephanie, 9, and Asher, 5, with volunteers, Rachel Winton and Tamara Gertner. Picture: Polly Hancock.

The Friends of Childs Park welcomed visitors to the park, in Granville Road, yesterday for a range of activities, including arts and crafts, planting and historical exhibitions.

Over the last year, the group has overseen a variety of improvements to the park courtesy of grants totalling £57,000.

With the support of Barnet Council’s Greenspaces team, the Friends group have improved the park’s play area, planted new greenery, installed new benches and refurbished the park’s cafe.

The park also has a new outdoor gym area, as well as a table tennis area and picnic tables.

Craft activities in the cafe, pictured Ruby, 7, and Asher, 5, with paperchains. Picture: Polly Hancock.Craft activities in the cafe, pictured Ruby, 7, and Asher, 5, with paperchains. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Ingrid Posen, chairman of the Friends group, said: “We have always been proud of our park, but to see it transform into this treasure has been a true delight to behold – but there is still some way to go.”

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