COUNCIL bosses and volunteers have unveiled a new play area for children to enjoy in Halstead.

Excited youngsters can now use the facility in Halstead’s Public Gardens.

Bosses from Braintree Council, Halstead Town Council and the town’s In Bloom group met to open the new play area.

Children from Halstead’s Little Pickles Nursery also went along to help embed some of the new plants and try out the new equipment.

The parcel of land was originally used as a picnic area.

But now the land has been transformed with the new play area offering a play park which bosses say focuses on the six senses of inclusive play, including touch, smell, sound, sight, self-awareness and balance.

The project was funded by Braintree Council and Halstead in Bloom, who work together to maintain the award-winning gardens.

The council says all the equipment is designed to use one or more of the senses and allows children of all abilities to play alongside each other.

There is also a roundabout and trampoline for wheelchair users as well as sensory planting and equipment, and a basket swing.

Council environment boss Wendy Schmitt said: “This is a fantastic project and I am proud that we have been a part of it. It was the perfect opportunity to install a fully inclusive play park so that children can play together safely.

“Previously, Halstead had no play provision for children with additional needs and after working with local disabled support groups, we felt that this is something that will benefit the community greatly.”

Halstead in Bloom secretary Julia Smith added: “The Halstead in Bloom team was thrilled to be able to bring this project to fruition.

“The area is now in keeping with the rest of the gardens and will allow more visitors to enjoy, relax and play.

“We are looking forward to seeing the smiles on families’ and children’s faces from the experiences the new play area equipment and sensory plants will bring.”