Armathwaite Play Area Renovation

Armathwaite residents are fundraising for the Play Area by cycling coast 2 coast. To support them please click here –

Following a survey of residents conducted in April and May 2019, Hesket Parish Council proposes  to renovate Armathwaite Play Area, with the following aims:

  • To improve the appeal and usage of the Play Area, accounting for the needs of the local community;
  • To improve access to the Play Area;
  • To contribute to community enjoyment of the local environment.

The Parish Council intends to achieve these aims in three stages:

  • Purchase and installation of new play equipment;
  • Laying of footpath for wheelchair and pushchair access;
  • Community led ‘clean-up’, to clear woodland paths, install benches, place bird feeders and boxes, and to undertake planting to attract wildlife

Having undertaken a public consultation in October 2019, the Parish Council has selected Kompan as the final designer for the new play equipment. Their design now includes a modified central tower/climbing frame.








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The total cost of the first stage of the project, including installation, removal of old equipment and surfacing, comes to £38,472.09. Further funds will be required to complete the second and third stages, bringing the total funds required to around £46,000. The Parish Council has committed £5,000 towards the project, and has applied for grant funding. Local residents have also organised fundraising events, including carol singing, a sponsored cycle ride and proceeds from the sale of a children’s book.

Below is a record of funding received for the project so far. A full list of costings will be published once the project is complete.

Type of fundingSourceAmount
Own FundsHesket Parish Council£5,000.00
FundraisingCake sale£27.00
FundraisingCarol singing£172.87
DonationCumberland Building Society£200.00
GrantHadfield Trust£1,500.00
GrantEden Community Fund - Eden District Council£5,000.00
GrantCumbria Waste Management Environment Trust£27,000.00
FundraisingLife Raft Media Ltd - sale of children's book£500.00
Grant0-19 Youth Grant, Cumbria County Council£2,550.00
Running Total£41,8949.87