AN orchard, complete with flower meadow, is set to be created as part of the 2012 legacy for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

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More than £16,000 has been awarded at seven different sites across Hertfordshire to improve parks and playing fields.

Woolmer Green Parish Council has been awarded £2,500 to improve the recreation field next to the village hall.

Parish councillor Judith Watson said: “The money will be used to enhance a small field by creating a community orchard and wild flower meadow next to the village hall and children’s play area.

“This will improve the visitor experience for all ages and abilities and result in the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Orchard becoming one of the best of its kind in the area.”

De Havilland Grange in Hatfield was also awarded £550 to provide new football goalposts.

The sites were given the funding as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

The challenge aims to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces by the end of 2012 to build a legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

It aims to give 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.

Alison Moore-Gwyn, chief executive of Fields in Trust, said: “Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I’m delighted these Hertfordshire landowners are embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their sites.

“By safeguarding these areas, the councils 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.”

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