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Modern playgrounds sanitised.

Modern playgrounds sanitised.


Modern playgrounds have become sanitised by “nanny state” and “snowflake” parents, the grandson of the father of modern playgrounds has warned.  

Oliver Wicksteed said that his grandfather Charles, who is credited with inventing swings and slides, would have disapproved of the current preoccupation with health and safety guidelines.

Mr Wicksteed, who is chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, is attempting to track down old fashioned 1920s slides, merry-go-rounds and see-saws and then restore them to full working use.  The creation of a traditional playground is being funded by a grant of £1.89 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"Charles would have rebelled against the 'snowflake generation' and 'nanny state' which will mean that many of the playground attractions will have to be modified or fitted with extra safety measures,” Mr Wickstead said.

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