A plaque has been unveiled at Westlords Park to officially mark it as a permanently protected site after it was awarded ‘Queen Elizabeth II Field’ status earlier this month.
The park becomes one of 1,596 protected sites in the UK and one of 20 in Eastbourne.
The Queen Elizabeth II Field challenge aims to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces across the UK to create a grassroots legacy from momentous events including Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Westlords Park, which historically maintained a top-quality cricket facility, is now owned by Eastbourne Borough Council and is used for public recreation. It is also leased to a local football club.
Now, as a Queen Elizabeth II Field, the council as landowners are able to access improvement grants from funding programmes and receive a ‘Have A Field Day’ toolkit and support materials for community celebrations.
Ratton ward councillors Colin Belsey, Sandi Howlett and Colin Murdoch all attended the plaque unveiling at Westlords Park on March 14.
In a joint statement, they said, “The unveiling of this plaque is great news for future generations as well as the people of today. It means the public land at Westlords, which is used extensively by local football clubs and walkers, will be protected in perpetuity, and can therefore be appreciated for many years to come.”