YOUNGSTERS in Lache can now enjoy a new play area thanks to the transformation of a once derelict site.
A group of 10 students from the Prince’s Trust spent three weeks transforming the new Little Lache play area on Poplar Road, Lache.
Students worked hard clearing glass, large logs and vegetation from the area, which filled a large skip. The students completed the new child friendly play area by laying bark on the pathway, which they dug out, as well as clearing a plot for a vegetable patch. Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWAC), which funded the skip, has also installed a new fence in order to keep the area safe. The new play area will open to children on November 19.
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which aims to inspire and create opportunities for young people aged 16 to 25, is run by Cheshire Fire Service alongside CWAC and Chester & District Housing Trust (CDHT).
The 12-week course offers work experience, qualifications and the chance to improve practical skills needed for future work.
Students from the Prince’s Trust raised £300, which was used to fund the project and pay for materials, by packing customers’ bags in Asda, Queensferry.
Prince’s Trust student Ryan Connolly, 17, said: “It was extremely rewarding to see the progress made. Although it was hard work clearing the area, it was well worth it.
“I would recommend The Prince’s Trust as a way of getting experience. It has given me opportunities I would not have had otherwise.”
Nathan Ashcroft, 20, said: “A really positive outcome of this experience has been the new play area. The ultimate success of this initiative will be judged by the children themselves; I definitely feel we made a positive contribution to the Lache.”
Prince’s Trust students now plan to create a new environmental area in the Lache.