Play has a vital role in the development of our children in terms of confidence, risk taking, challenge and coordination. It also helps our children stay active and healthy. We are therefore committed to providing play spaces within our communities.

Ashford has more than 80 urban and rural play areas across the borough, managed by Ashford Borough Council (ABC), the local parish council or local resident/voluntary organisations.

You can read about Ashford Borough Council's commitment to providing quality play throughout the borough in our Play Matters Strategy [pdf] 800KB.

For 2017/18 we carried out a review of play area provision looking at condition and play area availability which will lead to the production of a new Play Area Strategy.

Supporting play in the community

Support and guidance is available to local parishes, voluntary organisations and play and childcare settings to help them maintain and improve the quality of play in their community.

The Play Pack is an invaluable resource for community play providers. It contains factsheets and guidance on a range of subjects, including accessing funding, carrying out consultations, planning consent, maintenance requirements and contact information for further specialist advice.

Download the Play Pack [pdf] 3716KB

For further advice and support on raising the quality of your play area, please contact

Open Space Strategy 2017

In October 2017 we released the latest update of the Open Space Strategy, which sets out how Ashford Borough Council plans to protect, enhance and provide public open spaces to 2030. 

This includes work carried out to assess the current condition of all the play areas in the borough, including those owned by ABC and Parish Councils. This is to be followed up by the formation of a new Play Area Strategy in early 2018.

View the Open Space Strategy.