Forward thinking Cricket Club in Kent becomes one of the first to protect their pitch

Sherwood Cricket Club (SCC), Kent is one of only four trailblazing cricket clubs across the UK protecting their pitchesfor people to enjoy now and forever.  Sherwood has signed their 6.5 acres, serving over 140 members, up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. This preserves outdoor recreational spaces forever, building a living legacy to the Queen’s Diamond jubilee in communities across the country.

Landowners across the UK are encouraged to play their part in safeguarding outdoor space in conjunction with Fields in Trust.  Supported by the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy for both HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. The dedication will provide communities across the country with a fantastic way to engage with these two historic events at a local level.

We are delighted that Sherwood Cricket Club has taken this opportunity to protect their space forever. Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and wellbeing of our communities and by protecting this area under the QEII Fields Challenge, the Cricket Club has shown how much they value their community and its future,”comments Alison Moore-Gwyn, chief executive of Fields in Trust.

Within Medway alone we have lost over 10 cricket grounds in the past decade, by ensuring the grounds are protected forever, we have taken the right approach to protect the facilitiesat Sherwood for the club and the local community,” said Tony Rossiter, Chairman of Sherwood Cricket Club. “The benefits are of major importance to any club that are seeking to develop their facilities. Any capital investment from grants and funding are assured that the investments are secure and will benefit the community for the lifetime of the project.”

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