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New play area planned for National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas

Younger visitors to the National Memorial Arbortum could soon be able to enjoy a new play area.

An artist's impression of the new National Memorial Arboretum play area

An artist’s impression of the new National Memorial Arboretum play area. Pic: Russell Play/NMA

Planning permission has been sought for a “tactile and sensory play space” at the Alrewas site.

A spokesperson said: “When designing the play space for the National Memorial Arboretum, we felt a responsibility to create an area which was sympathetic to the surroundings, allowing children to achieve a better understanding of what remembrance means to them.

“The equipment selected was chosen specially to offer play in a more considered sculptural form. Much of this took its influence from existing memorials, in particular the boulders of the Normandy veterans, the tree walkway of the BLESMA and the multiple engravings around the memorial.”

Among the elements included in the proposal are a globe climbing net, a slide, ‘poppy’ balancing steps and a covered memorial walkway.

Full details of the proposal can be seen on the Lichfield District Council website, where people can also comment on the plans.

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