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Neglected over the long covid winter, with the playground closed, staff furloughed and children forced to stay at home, the garden area at Lollard Street Adventure Playground had become wild and overgrown.
But now, in a burst of activity over the Easter holidays, when the playground was able to finally reopen its gates for the first time since before Christmas, the garden has been embraced by children long deprived of contact with the natural world.
The project’s enthusiastic young gardeners have transformed the area: grass has been cut, weeds uprooted, fresh seedlings sown and bulbs planted. The fruit tree has been adorned with sun catchers: symbolising, perhaps, children’s growing hope for a brighter summer, without restrictions, and a return to the kind of childhood we all want for them.
We will use these pages over the coming weeks and months to monitor the garden’s progress – and our children’s enjoyment of a Lollard Street summer.