15th February, 2022
Children in Blacon are discovering more about the environment thanks to a new hands-on learning experience at Blacon Adventure Playground.
Youngsters can have a go at building their own eco-friendly houses, while learning about some of the key factors that make homes more energy-efficient, such as heat pumps and better glazing and insulation.
The learning materials are part of a wider project to improve sustainability at the playground, with the long-term goal of it becoming carbon free. This has seen a host of upgrades installed, including solar panels, an air source heat pump and energy efficient lighting.
The improvements have been funded by national housing provider Sanctuary as part of its own commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions, and were designed by sustainability consultancy Anthesis and installed by Hewer FM.
Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, which manages the playground, said: “The work we’ve carried out has already reduced our CO2 emissions by around five tonnes a year, which is a fantastic result.
“But while our own numbers are important, a big part of this project is about involving the local community and engaging with them about the impact of climate change and how we can all make a difference by looking after the environment.
“It’s been great to see so many children enjoying our new materials and showing a real enthusiasm for learning about sustainability.”
The educational materials will be based at the adventure playground, but Avenue Services is also hoping to take them into local schools and community venues later in the year.
Kian Spencer, age nine, said: “I really enjoyed learning about the environment and all the different ways that we can make the places where we live more sustainable. I’ll definitely be doing my bit to help the planet wherever I can.”
Avenue Services, which is a not-for-profit organisation, is a joint venture between Sanctuary and Cheshire West and Chester Council.