THE new playground at Welland, near Malvern, has been officially opened by West Worcestershire MP Hariett Baldwin.

The playground is part of a £70,000 project to improve local recreation facilities, funded by the builders of local housing developments.

Mrs Baldwin joined hundreds of people to celebrate the opening and view the impressive new playground.

She said: "It was a pleasure to formally open this magnificent new play area and having seen the reaction of the local children. I am sure it will welcomed by everyone.

“The parish council has done an amazing job steering this project and it is great to see developers’ money being spent in such a productive and positive way."

The opening event, laid on by Little Malvern and Welland Parish Council, included a host of Easter-themed activities, including a bunny hunt, egg rolling, and making Easter eggs, bears and bonnets.