Thorley Wedge activity space is ready to explore

Team involved in the Thorley Wedge improvements, standing on site ahead of the opening
East Herts Council opened a new activity space at Thorley Wedge in Bishop’s Stortford today (Friday 12 May). The wide range of new equipment allows young teenagers and adults to meet and socialise outdoors while staying active and keeping fit.

It features Ninja Trail style activities such as a warrior ramp, aerial crossing and stepping pads.

In addition to the play and fitness equipment, the council’s landscaping work has delivered a new footpath for easy access in wet weather and a planting scheme with wildflowers that will bloom each year, creating a picturesque spot to enjoy the informal seating and chatter bench.

Chatter benches are a new initiative by the council to help start conversations and get residents talking to each other. The benches can be used by anyone open to chatting with passers-by and is a small step towards supporting people who might be feeling isolated.

The area was previously a youth shelter and was removed last year by the council in collaboration with the Safer Neighbourhood Team due to concerns about its ageing condition and some misuse by members of the public. The new space will create an atmosphere where older children are welcome and can socialise safely. 

Jess Khanom-Metaman, Head of Operations at East Herts Council said: “I’m so pleased that the improvements to Thorley Wedge are ready for everyone to enjoy. It makes fantastic use of a space previously not enjoyed to its full potential. I encourage the younger generation and adults to take full advantage and see which of the new fitness activities is their favourite.”

PCSO Clare Andrews, who is leading the project on behalf of the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said: “This is a great example of successful partnership working to make improvements which will benefit the local community.

“We used our online feedback portal, echo, and held a series of engagement events to gauge the views of park users and residents. I was really pleased with the level of response and I’d like to thank all those who took the time to speak with us – your feedback does make a difference. I hope that everyone enjoys the new equipment.”