VOLUNTEERS from Cummins in Daventry took time out of their working day to help improve the recreational ground in Long Buckby last week.
The children’s play area in Station Road was the target of arson two years ago when a climbing frame was set alight.
It has been unsafe to use since the fire and other pieces of play equipment were looking old and worn. But now the park is safe and fit for children again.
The Long Buckby Children’s Recreation Committee (LBCRC), set up earlier in the year, has been fundraising to restore the play area ever since and last Friday enlisted the help of the Cummins community involvement team.
Member of the LBCRC Rick Vivain said: “I approached Daventry District Housing with my colleague Sophie Green and they gave us a £2,000 grant to help with work on the recreation ground.
“We then spoke to Cummins because they do voluntary projects in the community and agreed to help us do the work. It’s been amazing, they haven’t stopped working all day and the ground looks totally different.”
Fourteen Cummins workers volunteered for the Long Buckby project while others worked litter picking at Daventry Country Park.
Cummins community involvement team leader James Nicholls said: “We have 200 volunteers out doing various projects in the community and the men doing the work here have really put their all into the project all day.”
The volunteers dug the weeds and areas around the play equipment to put new wood chipping down on the ground. They also painted the play equipment and replaced four wood panels that had been destroyed by fire.
Volunteer Simon Gulliver said: “It is satisfying to do work like this because I have children and I would want them to have somewhere nice to come and play.”
Member of the LBCRC Mark Osborne also commended the members of the Cummins team who started work on the play area at 8.30am in the cold weather.
More fundraising is continuing towards repairs. Anyone who may be able to help should contact Mrs Green on 01327 843193.