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Broadstone recreation grounds are Jubilee Fields

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

Mayor of Poole, Councillors, sports groups and residents celebrate Broadstone Rec's new status at the unveiling of the Fields in Trust stone.

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LEISURE facilities in Broadstone have received a huge boost.

Broadstone and Plainfield Farm Recreation Grounds, which are two of the first six sites in the Borough of Poole to be dedicated as Jubilee Fields, have won an award and funding - and more could be on the horizon.

The Broadstone Fields in Trust Association, beat over 350 Jubilee events held on fields in trust for its 'Have a Field Day'. The association received a trophy and £500 at the inaugural Fields in Trust awards held at Lords Cricket Ground last week.

The Jubilee event saw over 2,500 residents join in a community day which raised £4,000.

The awards celebrated the hard work and achievements of those who have helped to make the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge such a success. Local authorities, parish councils, Have a Field Day organisers and community volunteers were all recognised and rewarded.

And now the FiT association, which includes the Broadstone Football Club, Broadstone Scout Group, Bowls Club and Cricket Club is waiting to hear if its bid for £60,000 for major improvements has been accepted by SITA.

A decision will not be made until March 2013.

Improvements to the recreation grounds and Broadstone Health Nature Reserve would include a fixed course orienteering trail, signage, nature trail boards, new benches and picnic tables, landscaping and improved accessibility.

There are also plans to replace the pavilion at Broadstone Recreation Ground.

Poole was named as best landowner in the South West as the authority has designated six open spaces as Fields in Trust.

They others are at Whitecliffe, Baiter, Branksome and Hamworthy.

The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Carol Evans, who unveiled the Purbeck stone and plaque to mark the dedication as QEII jubilee fields at Broadstone said: "It is wonderful to see the community working so closely and effectively with council officers and we all have our fingers crossed for the success of the funding bid."

"Both Broadstone Recreation ground and Plainfield Farm now have an extra layer of open space protection on them, which means that any significant changes in the future have to be approved by the council and the Fields in Trust. These designations prompted local groups such as the scouts, Broadstone football and cricket clubs and others to come together to work with council officers to try to raise the quality of what is on offer at one of Poole's largest open spaces and help their respective groups to flourish."

Councillor Vikki Slade, ward member for Broadstone, who formed the Broadstone FiT Association said: "This dedication marks a year of hard work by our community and in particular Broadstone Football Club and Scout Group."

Marilyn Barber


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