Protected forever... thanks to the Queen

14/6/12   RS''Jubilee playing fields off Catherington Lane, Horndean''Picture: Paul Jacobs (122031-1)
14/6/12 RS''Jubilee playing fields off Catherington Lane, Horndean''Picture: Paul Jacobs (122031-1)
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A FIELD in Horndean is set to be protected from development for future generations to enjoy.

Jubilee Field in Crouch Lane is set to become a Queen Elizabeth II Field, which will prevent the site from being sold to developers.

The Fields in Trust scheme, founded by King George V in 1925 and now headed by Prince William, will commemorate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and Olympics by improving the facilities of green land.

Clerk at Horndean Parish Council Tracy Predeth said she was glad to preserve the field.

She said: ‘The QEII fields is a good initiative.

‘At the council we are lucky to have over 150 acres and six recreational parks which are all very important to us.

‘The parish has a duty of care and we need to recognise this green space.’

Council chairwoman Lynn Evans said the field was an essential feature in the village.

She said: ‘Buildings are pushing on to green spaces and Jubilee Field is one of our most important fields.

‘It’s very well used and needs protecting.’

Protecting Horndean’s seven-acre field has gained widespread support from locals.

During the Queen’s Golden Jubilee the green space was named Jubilee Field and to commemorate the millennium the community hall was named Jubilee Hall.

The field has a football pitch which is regularly used by the Horndean Hawks under-16s football club and other facilities, such as an outdoor gym, basketball hoops and a recreational play area for everyone to use.

The community hall is also used by the parish council committee, as well as a meeting place for local groups and societies.

Mrs Predeth explained the importance of the field staying open to the public.

‘Fields In Trust gives the field great protection and also grant funding,’ she added.

As the sponsors of the scheme, Asda in Waterlooville has committed £2,012 and has so far raised more than £1,000.

The money will be used to improve facilities at the field, although details of the revamp have not been finalised.

The field is set to be officially given the special status later this year.