A GRANT from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust has enabled work to be completed on the first stage of a project to provide a recreation ground in Weston sub-Edge near Chipping Campden.

Two surveys over three years by the Weston sub-Edge Parish Council concluded that the village would benefit from recreation facilities for informal games, a picnic area and recreational facilities for young people.

The grant of £4000 has enabled improvements to the parish owned field opposite the church, including the installation of a drainage system and the levelling of the area prior to reseeding with sports ground quality grass seed.

An additional £1000 was raised from the Cotswold Conservation Board, Sustainable Development Fund with the balance matched by the Parish Council village improvements budget.

Bill Carruthers, chairman of Weston sub-Edge Parish Council said: “After some delays due to establishing clear legal ownership of the area, work commenced in December 2016 to install a network of land drains.”

“Warmer weather was eagerly awaited to enable the clearance of the old vegetation and levelling to take place to be followed by seeding which was completed in the Spring. This has been successful and the seed has germinated to give a vigorous green sward.”

“We are now launching a second project to provide facilities such as picnic benches, equipment suitable for toddlers and exercise equipment for older children on the upgraded recreation ground."