Trumble Gardens much loved playground is set to get a well overdue make over, writes mum-of-two Surel Djemal.

Surel and partner Frank Brown, who are both artists, have been banging the drum for the neglected gardens.

After witnessing its general decline the couple used an opportunity offered by Thornton Heath Community Action Team, local councillors and Croydon Volunteer Action, to champion Trumble Gardens and ask that the playground be safely and properly maintained.

This revamp of the current facilities which is being paid for from the repairs social fund, will make the play equipment brighter, safer to use with broken aperatus repaired, two new picnic tables installed and the Chestnut paling fence reinstated in time for the summer.

“After moving to Thornton Heath nine years ago with our newly born daughter Una, the playground quickly became our favourite place to go as it was free which is very important, when you are on a limited family budget and  it connected us with other local families. It was to all intents and purposes a lovely place. That was while the park ranger was still employed and the equipment maintained. Over the years our now daughters (Una and Ingrid) always choose Trumble Gardens over other parks to visit, in essence it has become a very special place to us. So to witness the decline has been such a shame.

“We are so pleased to hear the news that the playgrounds future is secured and see a great opportunity for ongoing collaboration with community projects and events to make it a vibrant and safe place for all to spend their leisure time.”

The couple would also like to see the gardens used for art, performances and film screenings.