A PROJECT to complete a playpark has brought a village community together.

The former play area in Puddletown, described as 'old and tired' was transformed when a new multi-purpose and accessible play area was constructed in 2017.

It was made possible from local fundraising and applications to larger funding schemes, including Viridor.

Due to the significant costs of equipment and construction, this was only the first phase of the original planned design.

Fundraising has continued for the next phase with the community working together and having fun in different ways to raise money.

Rachel Partridge, on behalf of Puddletown Community Playpark Committee, said: "The playpark project has been driven by volunteers and well supported by the community and businesses.

"Activities have included a pantomime directed by Impact theatre group. The funds raised were shared with another local cause, MNDA, the West Dorset Motor Neurone charity.

"This very generous support gave the playpark a much needed boost of funds which has been added to throughout the year of fundraising events including comedy evenings, charity golf days, and a community camp out on the recreation ground. There was also a very generous donation from the Puddletown St Mary’s church lunch club which donated £1,500 from the proceeds they collect from the monthly community lunch clubs."

She added: "There have also been several community planting events to help to develop and maintain the grounds of the playpark.

"These events have been supported by both local residents and businesses, including Tivoli and Amey which supplied volunteers for a day, and also the Puddletown Preschool and Puddletown First School, with each child being given the opportunity to plant a bulb."

The next phase of development being launched at an Easter egg hunt event at Puddletown Recreation Ground on Saturday, April 20.

This will be an opportunity for people to plant the sensory garden, view and choose which piece of equipment they would like added next to the playground and take part in an Easter egg hunt and craft activities.