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Young competition winners dream big for the future in Cranbrook

Posted on 13 Jan 2022

Child's drawing of a playgroundCranbrook children have been rewarded for their imaginative ideas for a new community space in a competition.

The design-a-playground competition was run by Cranbrook Town Council and the future-thinking Evolve programme run by Libraries Unlimited with funding from Arts Council England. They asked children to submit their drawings and ideas for how they would envisage the new space in the town as a playground for young and old.

The competition winners envisaged the space in three unique and creative ways. They’re being given £100, £50 and £20 book tokens for the top prizes, with three £5 runners up.

First prize was awarded for a beautiful imagining of the playground space including a nature den, fairy garden, fire pit and purple climbing rocks. Second prize was taken by an imaginative, metallic garbage sale design. Third prize was awarded to an idyllic playground equipped with magic mirrors and thoughtfully designed for inclusivity.

Michael White, Creative Producer from Libraries Unlimited, said: “We were pleased to launch this competition with Cranbrook Town Council at the end of October as a part of the town’s popular Halloween Trail event. We were also really pleased that we received around 50 entrants, showing extraordinary enthusiasm and vision.”

“We are starting community engagement work in Cranbrook in the new year, working towards the development of the Welfare Sanctuary. Thanks to an Awards for All grant, site preparation and raised beds / access for those with mobility impairments can start, and we are undertaking fundraising at present to realise the full ambition.”

Aynsley Jones, Community Development Worker from Cranbrook Town Council, said: “What an amazing competition with such talented young designers in Cranbrook. I especially liked the use of colour, imagination and ingenious use of materials which just popped off their designs. However, the best bit was giving out all those beautiful prizes and the excitement on those winners’ faces. I hope this is the start of a great engagement with the Welfare Sanctuary project where that same imagination will be used to build a wonderful community space!”

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