The community in Gladestry is set to get a new bespoke playground and community outdoor space thanks to grants from The National Lottery and other supporters.

The Village Hall is delighted to announce that they have been awarded funding for a complete transformation to the play area at the Village Hall. This comes following engagement with the users of the playground and residents of the village to see what they would like their new play area to look like and how it is used.

The grants, totalling £84,000, will be used to replace the existing playground located at The Village Hall, Gladestry.

The new area will include covered seating, six brand new pieces of play equipment to suit all ages and abilities, picnic benches, fencing and surfacing.

Volunteers on the playground committee worked together to submit a large number of applications to various funding sources.

A spokesperson from the committee said: “Our first funding came from the All Wales Play Opportunities Grant Scheme, which was funded by Welsh Government and administered by Powys County Council.

“The largest donation to the play area came from The National Lottery who awarded us around £69,000.

“We are grateful to Tarmac who agreed to fund the remaining £5,300 to meet the VAT bill on the project.

“Thanks go to all the people who have given their time, advice and support to this project, and to Dragon Play and Sports Ltd for bringing our ideas to life.”

Work started to remove the existing playground on June 12, with the new equipment arriving on June 19.

The project is expected to be completed prior to the summer holidays, giving all the children in the area somewhere new to play over the summer break.

Cllr Edward Jones, Old Radnor Ward Councillor said: “Our old unit has served the community very well for at least three decades, but these generous grants will enable us to provide colourful, challenging and exciting new play opportunities for children of all ages and an improved community space for everyone to enjoy.”