New Play Area Coming to Oxlease

An artist's impression of the new play area
An artist’s impression of the new play area


Young residents of Cogges will soon be able to enjoy a new play area on Oxlease. Thanks to the hard work of the Cogges Meadow Park Community Group, who worked tirelessly to fundraise and see their dream become a reality, work is due to start on site on 29th August.

The project has been made possible by a £46,000 grant from WREN, as well as funding from Cottsway, Witney Lions, GW Bartington Will Trust Fund, Witney Round Table, Bruce Wake Charitable Trust, Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust, Witney Town Hall Charities, Witney Lions, Greggs Environmental Fund, Witney Town Council, Waitrose and fundraising by the local community. WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cllr Suzanne Bartington, Chair of the Cogges Meadow Park Community Group believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to  the recreational opportunities for people of all ages in Cogges. It’s fantastic that WREN and other local charities, groups and individuals have supported us through grant awards and fundraising. We hope the new play area will be ready for children to enjoy by the end of September“. 

Joe Newby, WREN Grant Manager, saidGood quality recreational facilities, which are accessible to all, are vital for community well-being. The Oxlease project will ensure that such facilities are available for the families and young people of Cogges for years to come. We were delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile project and are excited to see the outcome”.