Some of the money raised has come from Section 106 planning contributions, which HPA applied for. In addition to this, McMullen's put £5,000 towards the crowdfunded play feature taking the total to £33,505. East Herts Council have allocated additional Section 106 contributions to enable HPA to purchase the double bird's nest tower. The tower stands at 7m high and includes plenty of different play and climbing options for a wide age range of children. It includes climbing tunnels, climbing bridges, a net chimney, climbing wall, multiple rope ladders, a bird's nest seat and stainless steel slide. It will allow children to get a bird's eye view of the surrounding canopy of trees and across the wider Common.
This Crowdfunder project for a bespoke, piece of equipment is running alongside East Herts Council's wider project to redevelop the rest of the play area at Hartham.
The wider redevelopment will see the investment of £275,000 to improve the variety of types of play as well as attract a wider age range of children to the play area. The council is hoping to achieve a play area that blends into the natural woodland with outdoor seating and picnic areas for fun, family days out.
Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing, East Herts Council, said, "HPA's hard work and enthusiasm has been amazing throughout the project, we are so pleased that everyone has supported their vision and backed the project. We would like to congratulate HPA for beating their target and we look forward to helping them bring their vision for the play area to life."
Jodi Bayliss, Carolyn Groombridge and Kalin Margetts from the HPA said, "We are absolutely thrilled with the result. Everyone's generous donations made all of this possible. Particular thanks to Duncombe School and Treetops Pre-School for their donations. On behalf of HPA and the community, we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated or spread the word about our campaign."
Subject to planning permission, the build is scheduled to start spring/summer 2020.