The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Nottingham for the Diamond Jubilee

27 communities across the country started 2012 with a strong salute to the sporting and royal events of the year to come: their local parks and playing fields were one of the lucky sites to receive a slice of over £55,000. Awarded as grants to Queen Elizabeth II Fields, the funding has facilitated local communities to improve their local parks, from installing new play equipment and improving playing field drainage to planting wildflower meadows.

Prees Cricket and Recreation Club in Shropshire are one of the delighted recipients: “We’re extremely grateful for the generous grant of £2,500 towards the renewal of our all weather cricket pitch. Our old pitch was in such a dangerous condition that we were at risk of having to cancel our cricket but with this help we can now renew the pitch. This not only means we can continue to play with our existing teams but are hoping to start another under 13 side this year,” commented Brian Hughes Secretary, Prees Cricket and Recreation Club

The recipients of this round of county funding were spread across Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire and Shropshire. “We are delighted and very grateful for the grant.  The Parish Council wanted to commemorate Her Majesty's Jubilee and the Fields in Trust scheme gave us that opportunity”, added Alan Whittaker, Clerk to Heskin Parish Council.

Families

Families enjoying Town Lane Field, Heskin.

The sites were eligible for this funding as their owners nominated each one for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Becoming part of the Challenge means they will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy forever. The funding was made available with the support of the Lord-Lieutenant and generous donors in the counties.

With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, and the support of principal partner Asda, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a living legacy programme to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect 2,012 open play spaces across the UK, giving local communities the chance to engage with these two historic events. Landowners across the country are encouraged to play their part in preserving outdoor space by Fields in Trust.


“Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that these councils and landowners are embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their sites. By safeguarding these areas, the owners have, by celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in this wonderful way, shown how much they value the quality of life of everyone in their community both now and in the future. I encourage other councils to watch for further rounds of Fields in Trust County Funding in 2012 to help make their Queen Elizabeth II Field the best they can be,”
 Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.

Find out if there is funding available in your county for your Queen Elizabeth II Field.

The full list of sites and grants awarded is:
Cotton End Village Hall Playing Field    Eastcotts Parish Council    Bedfordshire    £2,500
The Elms Park                             Bracknell Town Council    Berkshire     £2,000
Jock's Lane Recreation Ground     Bracknell Town Council    Berks       £2,000
Calfridus Way Recreation Ground     Bracknell Town Council    Berks     £2,000
Meadow Park,                         Earley    Earley Town Council    Berks     £3,000
Speen Recreation Ground    Speen Parish Council    Berks                   £2,000
Stockcross Recreation Ground     Speen Parish Council    Berks           £4,000
Streatly Meadows                   Heart of Streatley Charitable Trust    Berks     £3,000
St Cleer Parish Sports Field    St Cleer Parish Council    Cornwall          £2,000
Thanckes Park                     Friends of Thanckes Park    Cornwall          £1,000
Broomhills Playing Field    Repton Parish Council    Derbyshire             £2,500
De Havilland Grange           Hatfield Town Council    Herts                        £550
Woolmer Green Village Hall Field     Woolmer Green Parish Council  Herts   £2,500
Moatfield Recreaqtion Ground    Hertsmere Borough Council    Herts     £3,000
Amberswood Common    Wigan Council        £2,000
Slyne with Hest Recreation Ground    Slyne with Hest Parish Council    Lancashire     £2,000
Town Lane Field                     Heskin Parish Council    Lancashire       £1,000
ASDA Sports Site                     Thurmaston Parish Council    Leicestershire    £500
Melton Country Park                 Melton Borough Council     Leicestershire    £1,000
The Queen Elizabeth II Field,    Desford    Sport in Desford    Leicestershire    £1,000
Lodge Road Recreation Ground    Fleckney Parish Council   Leicestershire    £300
Dovecote Playing Field    Barwell Parish Council    Leicestershire         £3,500
Prees Cricket & Recreation Club Ground    Prees Cricket & Recreation Club    Shropshire    £2,500
Baschurch Playground              Baschurch Playground Trust    Shropshire    £2,500
Telford Town Park Arena          Telford and Wrekin Council    Shropshire    £2,500
Gadebridge Park                       Dacorum Borough Council    Herts        £2,500
Bovingdon Green                       Dacorum Borough Council    Herts       £2,500



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