A campaign is under way to raise funds needed for new equipment for Iden Green Playground, which had to be closed last year because of the dilapidated and potentially dangerous state of the climbing frame and swings.  It is now a sad sight, standing empty in the middle of Iden Green Recreation Ground.

Over the past nine months a working group - the Friends of Iden Green Playground - has put many hours of thought into drawing up plans and a specification for a restored playground and held detailed discussions with potential equipment suppliers.

The Friends are acting under the auspices of Benenden Village Trust, which is responsible for the play areas in both Benenden and Iden Green. The Trustees view the new playground as one of their priorities together with raising money needed to turn the plan into a reality as a vital part of Parish life which gives pleasure to so many children (and their parents!).

The Friends Working Group was established last March and hoped to make rapid progress, but almost immediately Covid-19 greatly complicated its task and restricted any usual fundraising events.

Generous donations have been received from Benenden's Shop and the Henhurst Charitable Trust, and Benenden Parish Council and Benenden Village Trust have pledged substantial support to the project, and a number of personal offers of support have been received.

To turn the project into a reality the Friends and BVT are looking for other sources of financial assistance, and hopes that local businesses and individuals will chip in.

If you wish to contribute, please contact Caroline Levett, BVT Manager, at