24 April 2012
Staff from Kia Motors and the nearby Kia Oval assisted Trees for Cities and local volunteers in re-turfing a large area of the playground for local children to use in the coming summer months. The area previously suffered from wear and tear but with funding from Kia Motors and help from the nearby Kia Oval staff the area has been re-turfed with hard wearing grass to ensure that the children can fully enjoy their ball games without getting covered in mud!
The Triangle playground was set up in 1957 by Marjorie Porter MBE and is one of the oldest playgrounds run by the local community in London, featuring large climbing frames, rope swings and an indoor area for wet weather activities as well as a vegetable garden where children can learn to grow their own vegetables. The area has been enhanced further with help from Trees for Cities with the planting of seven fruit trees and the re-turfing of the main area.
At the unveiling ceremony on Monday, Kia and Trees for Cities staff were joined by local MP Kate Hoey who was also there to see an Elm tree being planted in memory of the playground's founder Marjorie Porter MBE.
Local resident and volunteer Juliet Hobday who assists at the Triangle Adventure Playground and was a key figure in getting the planting commented: "The work that has been done by Kia, Trees for Cities and the Kia Oval staff has greatly enhanced the playground and I'm sure the children will love learning about the fruit trees as they grow over the coming years and enjoy eating the fruit when they appear. The newly grassed area is a great asset and I'm sure come the summer there will be many ball games played in the area."
The Triangle Adventure playground is run by local volunteers and residents, for local children, and is greatly used by families throughout the year.
Trees for Cities is an independent charity, which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide. Set up as Trees for London in 1993, Trees for Cities' aim is to create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most.
The Triangle Adventure Playground was founded in 1957 by Marjorie Porter MBE. The whole ethos of the playground is one where children can feel that it is their place to learn life skills and develop and grow. The playground is open to children from the ages of 6 to 18 but they need to be registered with the playground beforehand.