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Appeal to help restore Plas Madoc playground after arson

Published date: 07 April 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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AN appeal has been launched to restore a children’s playground after it was destroyed by arsonists.

Following the devastating arson attack at The Land Adventure Playground at Plas Madoc, AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) has opened an appeal to raise money to restore The Land project and replace equipment damaged by the fire.

The facility, dubbed “the strangest playground on Earth” due to its unique use of scrap metal and junk, was ravaged by the blaze on March 23.

The office of playground manager Claire Griffiths was also destroyed.

Last week Miss Griffiths described the fire as “devastating, gutting and very upsetting”.

The playground remains closed to the children who use it and Miss Griffiths said the children were deeply upset not to be able to play.

Miss Griffiths said: “Our main aim is the safety of children and we are pleased there have been no injuries. But the park will be closed until it is made safe again and we don’t know yet how long that will take.”

Organisers hope the appeal can get the site functional as quickly as possible.

The Land is an adventure playground using junk as a learning platform for children to develop their life skills under the supervision of AVOW’s Play Team.

Since its opening two years ago, The Land has received national and international acclaim and built up a large following in the region.

The project was named in the top 10 Adventure Playgrounds in the UK by the Sports and Recreation Alliance as well as being named ‘The Strangest Playground on Earth’ in an article on Yahoo! news.

To donate to the appeal, visit www.avow.org or visit  Ty Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND or The Opportunities Centre, Plas Madoc, Wrexham, LL14 3US.

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