A COUNTRY park in Northwich has been given a big cash boost for an accessible swing for wheelchair users.

Marbury Country Park, run by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), has been awarded £25,000 to cover the full cost of installing the swing by the INEOS Inovyn Landfill Community Fund.

The project emerged from a review of the council’s own play areas, with the help of social enterprise partner, PiPA PLAY (Plan Inclusive Play Areas).

PiPA PLAY says Marbury is the best place for the new swing due to its recently installed all-inclusive children’s play area, disabled child and adult changing facilities, and extensive parking.

CWAC cabinet member for children and young people, Cllr Adam Langan, said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding and it is very exciting news for Marbury Park. 

“This is going to be a much-loved piece of equipment for many young wheelchair users.

“A wheelchair swing has many benefits. 

“It gives young wheelchair users an understanding of our world and our space from a different perspective, making them more aware of their surroundings.

"It also increases blood flow to the brain, creating a better environment for focus and attention, and the endorphins triggered can really boost their mood.  

“Of course, it also provides the perfect opportunity for parents and carers to spend quality time with their child.”

As part of the accessible play area review, CWAC also worked with parent-carer forum members, ward councillors, and local residents. 

INEOS Inovyn’s UK country and operations manager, Nigel Bouckleym said: “The new wheelchair swing will help provide inclusivity and expand access across the community.

“We very much look forward to seeing this project completed.

“We have a good working relationship with Marbury Park and like to help with their projects whenever possible, so our decision to support this was an easy one."