Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is piloting a new initiative to transform lanes and alleyways into child-friendly green spaces that are safe and fun.

The Safe Play Lanes project is looking to increase opportunities for children in the Grangetown district to play safely, whilst also promoting community cohesion and helping to cut anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping.

A joint partnership between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University and Grange Pavilion, it’s the latest move in Cardiff’s push to be formally recognised as a Child Friendly City by the UK Committee for UNICEF. Its Child Friendly Cities Initiative is now active in more than 3,000 municipalities in 40 countries.

Councillor Sarah Merry, the council’s cabinet member for education, employment and skills, said: “Children have a right to play and by enabling them to play safely near their own homes means that they can enjoy the outdoors, see friends and be near their families. The scheme will help reconnect communities, providing an opportunity for residents to reclaim the space and create welcoming, safe and attractive environments for everyone to enjoy.

“Ensuring children can access safe, fun spaces to play is essential and supports Cardiff’s commitment to becoming globally recognised by the UK Committee for UNICEF, as a Child Friendly City.