Hampden Park has been granted the prestigious status of Queen Elizabeth II Field, effectively protecting the area from development forever.
The council will soon receive the deeds for Hampden Park from the national group ‘Fields in Trust’ confirming the park will be protected in perpetuity from development from any kind encroaching on its boundaries.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said, “This is fantastic news and means this much-loved park will be protected for future generations to enjoy. Hampden Park has benefitted from a great deal of investment in recent years with a new and extended play area including a sand pit and zip wire, improvements to the biodiversity of Decoy Pond, a re-planted sensory garden, traffic calming to slow down vehicles in the park and numerous improvements to the path networks. The council is grateful to the Friends of the Hampden Park who were successful in securing grants to assist with the costs for Decoy Pond and some of the paths.”
The council is also planning to create a new skatepark in Hampden Park to improve the leisure offer for local youngsters.
Hampden Park provides a great many attractions from strolls around Decoy Pond to woodland walks and the sensory garden that was supplemented last year with a the nearby planting of 120 butterfly bushes to provide valuable nectar for butterflies and bees and support the Councils bee and pollinating insect friendly policy. There is a large, well equipped play area and for those who enjoy sport; football, rugby, tennis, indoor and outdoor bowls, BMX track and even an orienteering course are all available. The Friends of the Hampden Park have eagerly been awaiting the news so they may plan a “Have a Field Day” to celebrate the new status of Hampden Park.