Royal seal of approval for Caldecott Park

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Caldecott Park has been presented with a special plaque that identifies it as a designated Queen Elizabeth II Field.

The status is a special designation available for certain parks and playing fields to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, and means that it will be protected forever.

The plaque, which has been fixed to the Old Tool Shed Café, was presented by Angela Lewis, of Fields in Trust, which assigned the park its status. Angela visited Rugby especially to see the award-winning park for herself.

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see the enthusiasm of Rugby Borough Council for the QEII Fields Challenge. Their commitment and farsightedness means that Rugby’s communities will always have access to these valuable outdoor spaces. We look forward to working with the Council going forward to examine further opportunities for protection”

A total of six sites in Rugby have been designated as Queen Elizabeth II Fields, and the others will each receive their plaque in due course.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “Designating these sites will protect them for our communities now and for generations to come. Like the King George V playing fields that have been designated in the past, these parks and recreation grounds will carry their titles into history, providing a fitting tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

“During these times of austerity, many Councils are selling off their “Crown jewels”, but here in Rugby we are investing in developing, enhancing and protecting special places that our communities use, enjoy and appreciate.

“We are improving play facilities, creating natural woodlands and enhancing the facilities for leisure and recreation across the borough.”

The sites that have been designated as Queen Elizabeth II Fields are:

Caldecott Park

Whitehall Recreation Ground

Alwyn Road Recreation Ground

Fetherbed Lane Recreation Ground

Avon Mill Recreation Ground

Whinfield Recreation Gound

This special status for these parks could make them eligible for extra investment and will also mean that communities will have greater opportunities to be involved in how they are used, managed and maintained.