Environmental, Safety and Amenity Improvements to the Queen Elizabeth II Field Ashton Hayes
This project will open up the recreation ground to a broader group of users by adding paving and cladding around the pavilion plus steps and an accessible ramp. Swings will be installed as will outdoor gym equipment. Soft landscaping completes the scheme.
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30/05/2012 11:31: Diamond Jubilee funding boost for Ashton HayesThe community of Ashton Hayes is today celebrating the news that it has received a £25,000 funding boost from SITA Trust’s QE2 Fields Fund to further develop its new recreation ground. The money will be used to provide an outdoor gym, a further swing and various safety, environmental and amenity improvements.
SITA Trust set up the funding programme for sites that have been protected through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge – which aims to protect 2012 playing fields by the end of 2012 as a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Ashton Hayes Sports and Recreation Association have signed up to the Challenge, preserving what is now known as the Queen Elizabeth II Field Ashton Hayes for future generations to enjoy. SITA Trust funding will ensure that this site is the best it can be for those future generations.
In order to qualify for this grant local volunteers will donate their time to enable the project to go ahead and will be completing some of the practical work themselves. This will involve project management, tree planting and landscaping work.
Mike Powers, the Chair of the Sports and Recreation Association, said: "We are delighted to receive this award which enables us to complete the development of the field to provide a first class recreational facility. It is fitting that the funding agreement has been signed at the time when the field is hosting the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 3rd."
Last year the field achieved Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field status which preserves it for recreational use for generations to come.
Jools Granville of SITA Trust said " We’re offering a million pounds to improve these precious outdoor spaces in 2012"
Alison Moore-Gwyn of Fields in Trust, who runs the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge said ‘We are delighted that this site has been successful in the application to receive funding. It will be a fantastic chance to make improvements for the local community. We are thrilled that SITA Trust has set up two specific funds specifically for Queen Elizabeth II fields. It is vital support to make the most of the sites being preserved for everyone to make the most of, now and in the future."