Official Opening of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Field in Trust, Guston Green, 30th March, 2013
Previously, Guston Village had no outdoor recreational space – children would compete with tractors on the country lanes! The parish recently bought one acre of farmland and with hard work and determination, they have transformed it from a grassy thistle- filled acre of land, which for many years had only hosted cows, into a vibrant green heart of the community.
Through Fields in Trust’s Diamond Jubilee legacy programme, the QEII Fields Challenge, the parish have protected their space in perpetuity and also leveraged key funding to help them realise their dream through FIT’s partnership with the SITA Trust. Councillor Tracey Creed enthusiastically led the project, involving the whole community and utilising individuals’ talents. The villagers have created a sporting area, a native hedgerow, goal posts, a picnic area, new seating and a play area. Volunteers have been heavily involved in the long haul with everything from securing funding to getting their hands dirty on site.
On Saturday 30 March 2013, The Lady Pender opened the new ‘Guston Green’. She commented: “It truly is a triumph and a brilliant showcase for what a QEII Field should look like; and a shining example of how the programme can unite the whole community”.
To find out more about Fields in Trust visit www.fieldsintrust.org