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20 Jun 2012
The dilapidated play equipment at
Ryelands Park in Lancaster
Groundwork has teamed up with Britvic and
PepsicoUK to launch 'Transform Your Patch' – an ambitious new
community-led transformation programme – and a Lancaster park has
been selected to face the public vote for extra
Running until October 2012, ‘Transform Your Patch’ will help
transform outdoor spaces nationwide, giving communities more access
to outdoor sports, activities and fun.
Ryelands Park is a large public park close to the centre of
Lancaster. Currently the play facilities are very poor, and local
people have asked for more. We want to help residents make
part of Ryelands Park into a flagship accessible play area – one
that can be used by all children, no matter what their ability.
Nearby Loyne Specialist School are keen that their children – who
have a range of disabilities – are able to play with other children
at the park.
Proposed changes include a specially designed double-width slide
to be built into a large mound, which was identified through
consultation with young people and parents at the Loyne School. The
slide will be designed so that carers can easily assist children
with disabilities, and a ramp will allow wheelchair access.
Additional play features will also be incorporated into the
mound, providing more challenging play for more able bodied
children such as ropes, nets, and climbing features.
It’s simple – every purchase of Britvic and PepsiCoUK soft
drinks will help transform outdoor spaces.
Every soft drink purchased of any of the participating brands
represents a real 1cm² piece of land that will be transformed. It’s
a simple way for people around the country to contribute to a
long-lasting legacy on their patch.
There are four types of transformation project; each matched to
appeal to the interests of the different brand’s core
So buyers of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot drinks will help to fund
projects like Ryelands Park across the UK – but there could be some
extra funding in store.
Within each of the 11 regions, four shortlisted projects have
been selected to potentially receive additional investment giving
people the opportunity to vote for the project they think is most
deserving. This will create 11 up-scaled projects around Great
Britain that will receive a “super-sized” level of
In addition, the three runner up projects in each region will
all still receive their original planned investment. Ryelands Park
is one of the selected projects for the Northwest.
The campaign will launch from February and communications will
drive consumers to a dedicated online community
forum where they can view transformation footage, vote on
projects, read messages from celebrities and volunteer for local
Want to help out the kids of Lancaster?