The Land (Adventure playground)

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The Land
TypeAdventure playground
LocationPlas Madoc housing estate, Owrtyn
Nearest cityWrexham, Wales, UK
Area55 square metres (590 sq ft)
EstablishedFebruary, 2011
Openopen Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, opening times vary
WebsiteOfficial website

The Land is a junk playground in Plas Madoc, a housing estate seven miles south of Wrexham, in Wales.

The Land is operated by the Association Of Voluntary Organisations In Wrexham (Avow) and it has been in operation since 2011, providing open access adventure play for children and young people from five to sixteen years old.[1][2] The playground is staffed by between 6 and 12 playworkers and forms part of a collection of play opportunities offered on the Plas Madoc estate which include ‘Street Play’ and ‘Get Out and Play’.[3]

The Land consists of a fenced, one acre play-area with a brook running through it, "piles of pallets, a tonne of tyres, the odd upside-down boat, wheelbarrows, ladders, fishing nets, various stray hammers ..., ropes and punch bags".[4] The play-area, which had been used by Plas Madoc children prior to the opening of The Land, was set aside for a junk playground with funding from WREN.[5]

The Land was the subject of documentary called The Land, directed by the American filmmaker Erin Davis, who spent a month filming there in 2012.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plas Madoc Play Provisions". avow.org. Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham. 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Sumitra (June 25, 2015). "The Land – A Different Kind of Playground Where Kids Get to Play with Fire and Take Risks". odditycentral.com. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Plas Madoc Play Provisions". avow.org. Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham. 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Moore, Anna (May 10, 2014). "Is this the perfect playground, full of junk?". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Plas Madoc playground one of the 'coolest' in the world". The Leader. Wrexham and Flintshire. June 5, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Westervelt, Eric (April 3, 2015). "The Value Of Wild, Risky Play: Fire, Mud, Hammers And Nails". NPR. Retrieved December 5, 2016.

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