A HOUSING association has donated £5,000 towards a new children’s play park in Langton Matravers, in a “generous” gesture.

The donation from the Poole-based Aster Group brings the fund to £25,000, just £10,500 short of the total needed.

The play park is located in the centre of the village on St George’s School Field. Working with Redlynch, a leading provider of outdoor play equipment, Langton Matravers’ Parish Council has agreed a design which will “encourage both imaginative and physical play”.

Cllr Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle said: “We are most grateful for the generous support of the Aster Group towards the refurbishment of the village play area and we look forward to establishing a close working relationship with them.”

Bournemouth Echo: Plans for Langton Matravers’ new children’s play park.Plans for Langton Matravers’ new children’s play park.

The play park will include a castle mound, a climbing play trail, swings, carousel and rubber stepping post. It will also incorporate a ring of the famous Purbeck stones for sitting on and children’s role play.

Aster Group development director Amanda Williams commented: “With our 28 new affordable homes currently in development in the village, we’re pleased that our donation brings the new play park one step closer. We hope that the whole community will enjoy this wonderful new space for family fun, play and relaxation.”

Aster is currently building 28 new affordable homes in Spyway Orchard, Langton Matravers.

Visit www.langtonmatravers@dorset-aptc.gov.uk for more information.