Jubilee joy for Sherwood
Sherwood Cricket Club in Kent is one of four trailblazing cricket clubs across the UK protecting their pitches for people to enjoy now and forever.
Sherwood has signed their 6.5 acres, serving over 140 members, up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. This preserves outdoor recreational spaces forever, building a living legacy to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in communities across the country.
In March Sherwood unveiled their QEII Fields plaque, marking their site as protected forever.
Landowners across the UK are encouraged to play their part in safeguarding outdoor space in conjunction with Fields in Trust. Supported by the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy for both HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.
The dedication will provide communities across the country with a fantastic way to engage with these two historic events at a local level.
“We are delighted that Sherwood Cricket Club has taken this opportunity to protect their space forever," said Alison Moore-Gwyn, chief executive of Fields in Trust.
"Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and wellbeing of our communities and by protecting this area under the QEII Fields Challenge, the cricket club has shown how much they value their community and its future."
“Within Medway alone we have lost over 10 cricket grounds in the past decade," said Tony Rossiter, Chairman of Sherwood Cricket Club.
"By ensuring the grounds are protected forever, we have taken the right approach to protect the facilities at Sherwood for the club and the local community. The benefits are of major importance to any club that are seeking to develop their facilities.
"Any capital investment from grants and funding are assured that the investments are secure and will benefit the community for the lifetime of the project.”
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