THE Mayor of Dudley has officially opened a new play area at Pensnett Coppice.

Dudley Council has worked with the Friends of Pensnett Coppice and invested £50,000 in the new children’s facility - located within the natural surroundings of the Coppice, with access via the High Street.

The new play area features swings, a multi-play unit with a slide plus an activity trail including stepping stones and a horizontal ladder.

Picnic tables have been installed and the friends group hope to create a sensory garden.

Dudley's Mayor, Councillor Sue Greenaway, said: "The new play area is a wonderful addition to Pensnett. It provides a local place for children to enjoy outdoor play within the beautiful and natural surroundings of the coppice."

She thanked those involved in making the project a reality and said: "I hope the children of Pensnett enjoy their new play area for generations to come."

Mary Dummelow, of the Friends of the Coppice, said: "It was my grandson Callum who started the Friends group and I’m proud of what the group has achieved so far.

"This play area was the dream of our former chair Edna Leigh who sadly passed away in 2020.

"Though Edna may no longer be with us and didn’t get to see the completed play area, we are so very happy to have delivered this in Edna’s honour for the Pensnett community."