Brightening Burwell: A Playground Revitalisation

Brightening Burwell: A Playground Revitalisation

The quaint parish of Burwell in Cambridgeshire boasts a rich history, but its playgrounds were stuck in time. The playground in Westhorpe was over 30 years old and in need of modernisation. Recognising this, the local community, led by the Friends Group and Burwell Parish Council, decided it was time for a change.

Community Collaboration

From the outset, the project received overwhelming support from the village. The community’s engagement during the public consultation showcased a shared vision for vibrant, modern play areas that could cater to the diverse needs of the local children. The commitment went beyond ideas with the community actively undertaking fundraising efforts, including the lively Burwell Carnival, delightful cake sales, and a successful GoFundMe page, demonstrating a collective determination to make the dream playgrounds a reality.

The Challenge

One of the challenges faced was the expansive size of the existing playgrounds. With a limited budget, the cost of surfacing was a significant concern. Playdale took a strategic approach by reducing the overall space dedicated to the playground. This not only made the project more financially viable but also allowed for a more concentrated and enriched play environment. Additionally, by reinstating the grass area, we expanded the green space, providing more room for children to enjoy green space and other outdoor activities.

Cost-Effective Solutions

The choice of equipment was crucial in ensuring the project’s success. Playdale carefully selected a range of high-quality, durable play structures that fit within the reduced space. By doing so, not only did we maximise play value, but we also minimised tarmac costs, making the project more budget friendly.

Understanding the importance of aesthetics and sensory appeal, Playdale introduced playground graphics as a creative and cost-effective solution. These vibrant additions added a splash of colour and excitement to the play areas without the need for additional surfacing. The graphics not only transformed the visual landscape but also enhanced the overall play experience for the children.


The transformation of the playgrounds in Burwell has been nothing short of remarkable. The community now enjoys a modern, dynamic play space that caters to the needs of different age groups. The reduction in size allowed for a more concentrated play experience, maximising the value of every piece of equipment.

The incorporation of playground graphics provides an affordable way to inject extra activity and vibrancy into the space. The success of the project goes beyond the physical structures; it is a testament to the power of community collaboration.

The Burwell playground project stands as a shining example of how a community, supported by strategic planning and innovative solutions, can breathe new life into cherished spaces. Playdale is proud to have been a part of this transformation, and we hope the children of Burwell enjoy countless hours of laughter, play, and imagination in their revitalised playgrounds.

If you are feeling inspired and would like to discuss any aspect of your play project with your local Playdale Area Manager, click here. We look forward to hearing from you.

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