THE long-awaited new playground at a school in Malvern has finally been completed.

After months of fundraising, the new playground has been installed at Great Malvern Primary School.

The new playground has been designed to allow easier access and more suitable play equipment for children with disabilities.

It was the result of a campaign by parents at the school, who felt a more modern playground was needed.

Headteacher Nikki Selby thanked everyone who had contributed to the playground at a special tea party event held to celebrate its grand opening.

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She said: "We are so grateful to parents, governors and local people for their generosity in helping us bring this new play area to reality for our children.

"It’s got something for everyone and the children love playing there.

"It’s wonderful to see the pleasure it’s already bringing to so many pupils here.

"Clare Smout (deputy head) began fundraising eight years ago when the school building was extended and this year she has been supported by Nic McMillan, who is a parent at the school, and has driven the community funding as well as helping with the planning of the final area to ensure its inclusivity for children with mobility difficulties."

The new playground includes more up-to-date play equipment, a new surface and is fully accesible to pupils with disabilities.

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Cllr Beverley Nielsen, whose donation was made as part of her Worcestershire County Council divisional funding, said: "I was so thrilled to be able to join the tea party celebration marking the completion of this new playground area at Great Malvern Primary School.

"I was very impressed by the hospitality shown to us on arrival and especially by the children who entertained us so well with their beautiful concert and singing.

"It was tremendous to meet parents and governors and of course the dedicated teaching staff at the school.

"A very huge well done to everyone involved in making this possible."