Ross-shire Engineering staff work hard for Park and Happyfield Garden
Calling all parents, grandparents and friends – your help is needed!
You may have heard the fantastic news that we have been awarded £100,000 from the Community Regeneration Fund and have another £32,000 from a combination of other funds and fundraising activities. We are also waiting to hear the outcome of further application for £30,000 . This means we are now in a position to start planning Phase One of the Play Park build. We are very excited. BUT, we are also still missing around £50,000 to achieve the full park project.
Can you help?
We are seeking sponsorship from local businesses to help us achieve this and we need your help to introduce us to potential friendly contacts who might be interested.
We also want to make sure businesses get something back from their support. We have created a range of sponsorship categories with suggested benefits we can provide:
A full item of equipment (see PDF table below for illustrative costs)
Please can you let us know of any contacts who might be able to help. A warm introduction can make all the difference.
And if this kind of thing is what gets you out of bed in the morning then we would also really appreciate some help to meet with potential sponsors once an introduction has been made.
The Strathpeffer Residents' Association are busy planning the build, so any help in approaching businesses would be much appreciated.
The SRA team.
We are absolutely delighted that our local Councillors approved our application for £96,878 via the Highland Council’s Community Regeneration Fund this week
This is a massive boost to our target of £155,979 to deliver the first phase of a new inclusive children’s play area in Strathpeffer.
With additional funding from the Strathpeffer and Contin EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Community Funds (Foundation Scotland), the Mackenzie New York Villa Trust, and your generous donations via our community fundraising events, we have now secured an amazing £122,878.
As you can see, high quality, long-lasting play equipment and safety surfaces are expensive. As such we are now reaching out to local businesses to secure additional sponsorship. We have three sponsorship packages available starting at £50-£300 for our bronze-level supporters. Please contact us if you are interested, as a local business, or are able to introduce us to a business that might be interested.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.
The SRA Board welcomed past trustees, volunteers and others who have supported the park to officially celebrate the opening of our all ability path network. It was wonderful to share this moment with so many and reflect on how far we've come over the ten years our community has worked on the project.
Our fire pit did us proud providing warmth and BBQ. If you would like access to the grill for your own event please get in touch.
We are very grateful to Phil Armshaw from the Crystal House Hotel who kindly demonstrated how to cut and hand-bale hay this weekend. There was plenty for our team of volunteers to learn and do! We were particularly impressed with Phil's home-made baling machine, which produced some perfect bales.
By cutting areas of our meadow in the late summer we will maximise the number of flowering plants that can compete with the grasses. This in turn leads to more pollinators and a beautiful display of colour throughout spring and summer. We are leaving some areas of long grass for foraging frogs, newts and other animals but aim to rotate the areas we cut each year.
Ideally we would have let the cut grass dry a few days to make dry bales for winter animal feed, however, this is very difficult to time and coordinate for volunteers. We'll still get all the nature benefits though.