Stratton Garden and Playpark Project

News Update November 2011

Grand Opening of Stratton’s second phase of the Community Garden by Michael Eavis - Sunday 30th October 2011.

Phase 2 OpeningPhase 2 - A boules / Petanque area, a Basket Swing, a grand Wooden Shelter, a Grassed Mound with Tunnel and Slide and a seating and picnic area, all joined up with a one metre wide DDA compliant path.

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Grand Opening of Stratton’s first phase of the Community Garden by Tessa Munt, MP at Village Day – Sunday 11th September 2011.

Opening Phase 1 – A jungle Climber and Rope Scramble – was funded with a combination of DfE Playbuilder Grant, grants from local organisations such as Glastonbury Festival, Sperring Trust, Old Rackvernal School Hall Trust, plus local fund raising via Village Days and a 24 Hour Darts Marathon.

The installation was jointly managed by the Stratton Community Garden Committee and Sally Gubb, (pictured above) Voluntary Sector Funding Officer at Mendip District Council.

The land for the garden has been provided on a free 10 year lease from Downside School and Abbey Trustees and on-going running costs & maintenance the statutory responsibility of the Parish Council who have been supporting the project since inception.

Left to Right, Sue Bartucca, (Vice-Chair Stratton Community Garden Committee) John Padfield (Chair, Parish Council) Sally Gubb (Mendip District Council) Marie Taylor (Treasurer, Stratton Community Garden Committee) Clare Bendall (Chair, Stratton Community Garden Committee) Stephen Prescott (Conservative District Council Councillor) Malcolm Daniels (Parish Council) and Dom James (Downside Abbey & School).

Artist Plan

Following an incredibly (!) thorough tendering process compliant with current European Union legislation and the grant rules attached to our national lottery grant, the playpark provider has been selected and has started.

The successful company are Sutcliffe Play from Dorset and come with excellent references. The criteria was value for money and innovation and I hope that when you see the plans you will love them as much as we do! All items in the artist impression originate from the many consultation events held in the village to see what residents – adults and children - wanted from our new space. Sutcliffe Play estimate the works will take three weeks to complete, then turf will need some time to bed in before we can officially open. Mature trees and other native planting will make the community garden a very special place for us all to enjoy.

The proceeds of Stratton’s Village Fun Day 2011, some £2,200 will go towards the Community Garden & Playpark to supplement the £12,570 in the bank account.

Thanks to ALL who have helped get this far, Downside for the free lease on the land, the Parish Council for financial & other support, local funders including Glastonbury Festival, Sperring Trust, Somerset Grassroots, Rackvernal Old School Hall Trust, Mendip District Council and Village Day volunteers and supporters.

If anyone is interested in joining the committee, volunteering to help, please contact Clare Bendall on 01761 232905

Further Information
Please do call to ask any questions or to make comments or suggestions: Nick or Marie Taylor tel: 01761 232735 email:

Your Committee!

Playground Committee

Left to Right Clare Bendall (Chair), Marie Taylor (Treasurer), Dave Stock (Resident Representative,) Sue Bartucca (Vice-Chair) and Suzanne Kingsberry (Member)