We want to enable children and their families to play and explore at Roadford Lake; linking play to the natural environment is important to us and is of great benefit to everyone’s health and well being. We now have plans for an exciting new play space at Roadford Lake, which you can find out about below.

We're delighted to announce that work to create the new play area will start early next year, thanks to generous funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, South West Water and South West Lakes and our supporters. Thank you to all of you for your donations and letters of support. 

Now more than ever, children and their families need great outdoor spaces to play, be free and to let their imagination run wild. We want to help people connect with the natural environment through play. We are now in the depths of planning and fundraising for a fantastic new play space. As the current offering was last updated in 2005, we feel now is this time for improvements and expansion. Find out more about our plans further down this page. 

How you can help

  • Tell your friends and family about our plans
  • Donate to our project. Every donation is really appreciated no matter how big or small - to donate click here 

Our plans

The images below show our vision for Roadford Play and Explore. The funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, South West Water and South West Lakes and our supporters will enable us to start work on Areas 1 and 3, with funding for Area 2 to be sourced at a later date.

The inclusive play area will feature a timber play tower, rope bridge, swings and slides, incorporating the orchard planted in 2015 as an area for shade and picnics. There will also be an area for den building. Grass areas will be sown with a native wildflower and grass mix and native trees will also be planted to increase the biodiversity of the play space.

We now have detailed plans and have embarked upon our tendering process and fundraising journey. The images below show our vision for Roadford Play Area, and we'd really appreciate your letter of support for the project to help us secure external funding. 

Watch our Play and Explore Film Clip 

Concept plans


You can still contribute to this project and help us to deliver a fantastic new play area for local families and visitors by donating directly to this appeal. 

All donations are gratefully received - thank you 
Lisa Tame (Environment and Engagement Director)

Thank you


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