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Branksome Rec Celebrates QEII Field In Trust Status

Branksome Recreation Ground has celebrated its official designation as a QEII Field in Trust.

To mark the occasion the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, unveiled a piece of Purbeck stone featuring a Field in Trust commemorative plaque.

The celebratory event was organised by Branksome West Residents Association (BWRA) with support from Heatherlands First School, Parkstone Arts & Sports Club (PSAAC) and local residents.

Pupils from Heatherlands First School, known as the 'Brainbox club', displayed some wonderful artwork which they created with help from PSAAC. Young people also took part in some sporting activities including hula-hooping and a tennis competition, which was won by the Super Sonic team, giant ‘Jenga’.

The play area at Branksome Recreation Ground has also benefitted from a new playful toadstool seat which was generously donated by Asda.

Field in Trust status safeguards sites for the future and offers access to funding for projects that protect recreational space and develop playing fields for sporting and community use.

Branksome Recreation Ground now joins five other open spaces in Poole to be formally recognised as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. These are Whitecliff, Harbourside, Planfield Farm, Hamworthy Park and Broadstone Recreation Grounds.

Councillor Philip Eades, The Mayor of Poole, said: "I am delighted to be part of the celebrations marking Branksome Recreation Ground's designation as a QEII Field in Trust, particularly as this site is within my ward. As a protected site this fantastic open space can continue to be enjoyed by both the local community and future generations."

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "This is a great reward for the local community who have spent many years trying to protect this open space. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, especially BWRA who played an instrumental role in the recreation ground becoming a Field in Trust."