Hatfield playing field protected for future Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah

PUBLISHED: 07:30 23 August 2012

De Havilland Grange, Hatfield

De Havilland Grange, Hatfield


WITH the furore over selling off playing fields still raging in Westminster future Olympians in Hatfield had some better news.

For Hatfield Town Council’s piece of grassroots Olympic legacy received a boost with a grant of £1,500 from national charity Fields in Trust.

De Havilland Grange will soon have new interpretation boards to complement a new nature trail being designed by University of Hertfordshire students.

De Havilland Grange was eligible for the funding because the owners, the parish council, had nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

The Challenge is working with landowners to build a national grassroots legacy from the Olympics by ensuring such sites such are safeguarded forever.

Not only has the council leveraged funding to keep their green space looking its best, but they have also made sure that any budding Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah will always have somewhere to discover and hone their talent

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 this year’s two historic events. Landowners across the country were encouraged to play their part in preserving outdoor space by Fields in Trust.

A spokesman for the Town Council said: “We’re delighted to be awarded this money by Fields in Trust as part of their marking of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It will help us make the park a more accessible and enjoyable place for the local community, and keep the park a valuable asset to the area for many years to come.”

Alison Moore-Gwyn, chief executive of Fields in Trust, said: ““Saving outdoor space is crucial for our sporting future as well as the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that Hatfield Town Council is embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their park.”

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