school art students have designs on £200,000 park revamp

parkram'Ecclesfield School pupils with their creations and  artist Robin Dobson
parkram'Ecclesfield School pupils with their creations and artist Robin Dobson

ART students at a Sheffield school are doing their bit to help revive a local park. Twelve Year 8 pupils at Ecclesfield Comprehensive School are working with artist Robin Dobson to design metal fencing for Chapeltown Park, which is set to be revamped this summer.

The Friends of Chapeltown and High Green Parks have been promoting the £200,000 project after spending years on planning and raising funds. Dilapidated play equipment in the park, which dates from the 1920s, will be replaced with a ‘natural’ playground including a wooden jungle climber, hill slide and swings. There will also be willow planting, tunnels, a herb garden, seating and a nature trail. In the longer term it is hoped to create a BMX track in the woods or a skate park. “We were keen to get young people involved in helping to develop the project,” said Doris Denton, of The Friends of Chapeltown and High Green parks.

“The work the students have done with Robin is brilliant and will make a real difference to the look of the park.” Main funders for the refurbishment are the national Playbuilder scheme, the lottery-backed Community Spaces programme and waste management company Veolia. Sheffield Homes has contributed almost £10,000 as part of the ‘Your Community, Your Choice’ initiative.

lRight: pupils with artist Robin Dobson and their creations.