The official turf cutting ceremony for the exciting Memorial Park Improvement Project took place recently in North Petherton. Pictured below from left to right are: Gary Hobbs, headteacher North Petherton Primary School, Dan McAlwane, project manager HAGS, Peter Clayton, Chairman Sedgemoor District Council, Alan Bradford Mayor of North Petherton and Linda Hyde Chairman of the North Petherton Playing Fields Trust, which is responsible for the project.

The scheme will deliver the latest range of play equipment together with new sports, fitness and arts facilities and landscaped areas, specified by the Trust following public consultation and designed and provided by international specialist supplier HAGS. Total investment will be around £250,000, the majority of which has been funded by grants. Major contributions have been received from the Hinkley Point Community Fund and Viridor Credits, whilst significant amounts have also been donated by Sedgemoor DC, North Petherton Town Council and housing developers Persimmon and Larkfleet.

Town Mayor Cllr Alan Bradford, who cut the turf, said: “It is vital that community facilities keep pace with the rapid development that is taking place in our area. I am very pleased that the Trust has been able to access these funds and improve this important local asset, and I thank Linda Hyde and her team for all their hard work in progressing the scheme.”