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Glamis adventure playground in deprived East End is ‘best in London’

PUBLISHED: 14:20 31 October 2012

Kids in London’s deprived East End have the best adventure playground in town—and that’s official.

Shadwell’s Glamis adventure playground has won the coveted ‘best in London’ title.

Youngsters were asked to submit short films about the playgrounds for the awards.

Children from the previous award-winning Toffee Park playground in Islington were judges at north London’s Phoenix cinema for yesterday’s award ceremony which was part of Capital FM’s ‘Help a Capital Child’ campaign.

They handed the top prize to a clearly thrilled Glamis group whose short film about the playground near Limehouse showed confident kids building dens, digging, playing with water, creating and demolishing, swinging, climbing and dressing up.

The staff and the big swings were cited as its main strengths. One youngster highlighted the long history of the Glamis playground, saying it was special because his mum and dad used it when they were children.

“These are safe havens, often located in relatively deprived parts of London,” said London Play chair Melian Mansfield. “This is where children can challenge themselves, be active, make friends and have new experiences.

“Any local authority facing difficult financial decisions and considering making cuts to play facilities should look at these films and think again.”

Other winners included Hackney Marsh as ‘most innovative’ adventure playground for its creative features and Stoke Newington’s Shakespeare Walk playground as “the most welcoming.”


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