Broadstone Rec Ground Wins Award for Outstanding Community Event

[reproduced from Fields in Trust website]

Tony Fisher, Lord Howard and Vikki Slade
Tony Fisher and Vikki Slade from Poole Borough Council receiving their award from Lord Howard of Rising, Fields in Trust Chairman

Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground in Broadstone, Dorset won the prestigious Best Have a Field Day Award at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November 2012.

The Awards celebrated the fantastic achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge headed by its Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground fought off fierce competition from fellow shortlisted sites Harrington Nature Reserve Park in Workington and Queensgate Park in Bridlington and was selected by a judging panel including representatives from Asda, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, SITA Trust, Sport England and The Guardian.

Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an initiative to mark the great events of 2012: HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect as many outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity as possible as a permanent, grassroots legacy in communities across the UK and has been generously supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation.

The Best Have a Field Day was given to reward a QEII Field for hosting an outstanding community event in celebration of their newly protected status. The Broadstone Resident’s Committee pulled out all the stops for their event and 2,500 people enjoyed a range of activities including gymnastic displays, boxercise, cricket, street dance and football challenges. The less sporty residents could join in fancy dress competitions, face painting and flower arranging sessions. It was a real community effort with local Guides and Scouts, Bowls Club, Residents Association, Horticultural Society, WI, Townswomen’s Guild, Broadstone in Bloom, The Junction, Chamber of Trade, and the Royal British Legion all contributing and over £4,000 was raised for the field.

Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: ‘Congratulations to everyone who organised Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground’s Have a Field Day: the town included everyone in the day, young and old, every possible activity from steam machines, dog competitions, dancing, sport and less active fun. The work that was done to publicise the event beforehand using young volunteers also helped to ensure its great success.’

Awards were also given in other categories including Landowner of the Year, Getting Active on a QEII Field, Most Loved QEII Field, QEII Community Champion and Most Improved QEII Field.

Poole’s Fields in Trust Honoured At Awards

[reproduced from the Borough of Poole archives, December 2012]

Borough of Poole is celebrating success following the 2012 Fields in Trust Awards Dinner.

Poole was named as best landowner in the South West as we have designated six open spaces as Fields in Trust (FiT). Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground in Broadstone was honoured for its outstanding ‘Have a Field Day’ event to celebrate the newly protected status of the field which saw over 2,500 residents join in a community day full of activities and raised £4,000 at the fantastic community event held on Jubilee weekend.

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.

To build on the success of the awards, local community groups and Borough of Poole are working together to improve facilities at Broadstone’s Fields in Trust.

A bid for funding has been submitted to SITA Landfill Trust and, if successful, would help improve the Fields in Trust at Broadstone Recreation Ground and Plainfield Farm, as well as Broadstone Heath Nature Reserve, for all users of these popular open spaces.

From fun and interactive wildlife panels and new signage to access improvements such as handrails and new paths, there are a range of ideas that will make it easier for people to use the park.

The funding bid was made in November as part of SITA’s ‘enhancing communities’ fund and applicants will be notified of a decision in March 2013. Some match funding is required and this is coming from the Broadstone planning obligations (developer contributions) fund.

The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Carol Evans, unveiled the Purbeck stone and plaque to mark the dedication as QEII jubilee fields on Saturday 1 December, and helped raise awareness of the funding bid.

Cllr Carol Evans, The Mayor of Poole, 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.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: “The designation of the Broadstone Fields in Trust is brilliant. The community have worked so hard to deliver a superb open space. Winning the ‘Have a Field Day’ category at the inaugural FiT awards this November truly reflects the hard work of everyone involved. This is fantastic national recognition for the fabulous work of our local residents, real Localism in Action, and I would like to congratulate everyone involved. Poole also won the South West Regional Finals for the Most Protected FiT Fields for having six of our open spaces designated as FiTs and I would like to thank all residents involved in all these fantastic scheme for their hard work.”

Cllr Vikki Slade, Ward Member for Broadstone, Borough of Poole, said: “This dedication marks a year of hard work by our community and in particular Broadstone Football Club and Scout Group. Broadstone FiT Association beat over 350 other sites to be crowned the best ‘Have a Field Day’ which is a tribute to the hard work in both the committee and whole community. Our Fields in Trust Association is excited about the prospects for improvements to both of our dedicated jubilee fields over the coming years including orienteering, nature trails and improved pitches. I am delighted to be working with such a great team.”