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Work starts on Hobbit-style park

Devonport Park: Pic FDP
The park dates back to the 1850s

Work has begun on a new 3m adventure world in a Devon city park.

The Hobbit-style playground, featuring different activity zones, is being built in Plymouth's Devonport Park.

The Highlands will have a playhouse, nest swing and toddlers' carousel, while the Middlelands will include climbing ropes and a zip-wire.

A youth pod for chilling out will be based in the Lowlands and a sensory garden will be planted with aromatic plants and herbs for adults.

It will have something for all ages and abilities
Michael Leaves, Plymouth City Council

Ideas for the adventure world were put forward by parents, children, and local residents' group, the Friends of Devonport Park (FDP).

The project is being jointly paid for by the Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership, Plymouth City Council and Heritage Lottery funding.

Council spokesman Michael Leaves said: "This is going to be an amazing adventure playground and it will have something for all ages and abilities."

The first stage of the area should be completed by Easter.

FDP chairman, Frank Wilson, said it was exciting to see work start on the site as there had been so much enthusiasm for the project.

Once military land, Devonport Park is one of the city's oldest parks and dates back to the 1850s.

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