Play areas

Holbrook East Play Areas

The team are now working on some exciting improvements to improve the play provision within the Holbrook area of Horsham.

A public consultation was undertaken in to determine the future of two smaller play areas (Standon Place and Bignor Close) which no longer offered good quality play opportunities to our younger residents.

At the same time, the Council had to undertake necessary Ash dieback work, opening up space in the Bartholomew Way woodland which offered some new and exciting options for incorporating play in a natural setting.

The outcome of the consultation has resulted in the following options being progressed;

Bignor Close

The equipment, surfacing, and fencing in the play area in Bignor Close will be removed and the area will be returned to a grassed area with native trees planted.

Standen Place

Standen Place play area will be refurbished with a selection of play equipment suitable for children under seven (as per the current play area). This will be based on a woodland themed, tying in with the neighbouring surroundings.

New seating, surfacing and signage will complete the makeover.

We remain mindful of the proximity of surrounding properties and as such the equipment will be low-level.

Child on swing

Bartholomew Way Woodland

In among the woodland (connecting Bartholomew Way to Lemmington Way), selected pieces of natural play equipment, suitable for children up to 11, will be installed. This will encourage free play and travel through the woodland. We have carried out a similar smaller type of project in Dutchells Copse which has proved successful.

Climbing equipment encourages exploration.

Climbing equipment encourages exploration.

Balancing equipment develops muscle strength.

Work is scheduled to begin in March 2024 (subject to suitable ground conditions) and we will be updating this page and our social media as the project progresses.