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U.S. Alliance for Childhood visit to ‘The Land’

On the 30th October 2013, ‘The Land’, which is managed and run by the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW), will receive another visit from America.

Joan Almon who is the co-founder of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood and Janice O’Donnell who is Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Museum will be meeting the staff and children from ‘The Land’ over the half term.

Joan Almon says ‘There is growing interest in playwork and in adventure playgrounds in the U.S. which, at the moment only has four, all on the west coast. An American filmmaker making a documentary about The Land introduced us to this exciting place. We think it will serve as a powerful example of what children can do when they are allowed to play freely in an adventurous space and in the presence of skilled playworkers. We hope it will inspire similar playgrounds in the U.S’

‘The Land’ is a “junk” playground funded by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) and situated in Plas Madoc. It is a staffed space which provides opportunities for children aged 5+ to create, to destroy, to explore and discover.

AVOW Play Manager Claire Griffiths said “It’s a very exciting time for the children and staff of ‘The Land’. We are very much looking forward to the visit and are honoured to think our Playwork Practice may inspire playgrounds in other countries in the world.”

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