Parks get Royal seal of approval

Cllrs Margaret Handley and Brian Griffin unveil the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields plaque.
Cllrs Margaret Handley and Brian Griffin unveil the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields plaque.

Two parks have received a Royal seal of approval this week as they were given Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field status in celebration of the Jubilee.

And users of Coronation Park in Eastwood celebrated £86,000 of improvements which coincided with the successful bid.

Hall Om Wong park in Kimberley, as well as a park in Stapleford and one in Beeston, were also given the special status, which gives them special protection as areas of green space for the public to enjoy.

Broxtowe Borough Council can now bid for further funding to improve the sites in the future.

Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Margaret Handley joined Eastwood Mayor Cllr Brian Griffin to unveil a commemorative plaque, donated by the Fields In Trust at the bowling green recently.

A special bowls match was played by the Greasley Miners Welfare Bowls Club afterwards to celebrate the new status and the extensive improvements which have been made to the sports pavilion, children’s play area, multi-use games area, pathways and car park.

A plaque was also sited at Hall Om Wong Park over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge was aimed at protecting 2,012 outdoor recreational speaces.

Broxtowe Borough Council had to nominate the four parks, which were deemed worthy of the Queen’s Royal approval.

Fields in Trust is a national charity which operates throughout the UK to ensure everyone has access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.

For more information about the newly-designated Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields, please call Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3643.