A new adventure play area was officially opened by pupils from Ysgol T Gwynn Jones in Old Colwyn last week.

The play area, named Adventureland by schoolchildren, has been designed to provide an exercise area for local children as well as a space for the school’s PE lessons. It includes balance bars, tyre swings and climbing nets, promoting inclusive play amongst the children while having fun exercising.

To make the space a real community facility, the design also includes bench seating, picnic benches and a small orchard of apple trees.

The budget was put together with funding from Community and Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC) and Bay of Colwyn Town Council, along with Section 106 contributions for developing local amenity from planning consents. Work was carried out by Conwy County Borough Council’s Open Spaces team.

Cllr Bob Squire said, “It’s a great example of what we can achieve when we work together. An unloved, overgrown area has been turned into a place which everyone can enjoy. The park is already being well used and it’s a great asset to the area.”

Children from two classes got their hands dirty preparing a border and sowing wildflower seeds, to create a beautiful insect habitat. The school was presented with a Bee Friendly certificate from Conwy County Borough Council.

Tania Rickard, headteacher at Ysgol T Gwynn Jones, said, “The children have been learning about mini beasts, and really enjoyed creating the new habitat. They are now watching for the seeds to germinate and waiting for the first flowers with excitement.”