Whitecotes Playing Field

From the Friends of Whitecotes Playing Field.

Many of you may know the lovely green open space adjacent to Boythorpe Cemetery as ‘Foolow Field’ or ‘the cow field’. At the moment there is only a small playground there badly in need of refurbishment.

It is now known as Whitecotes Playing Field and the ‘Friends of’ group chaired by local councillor Keith Falconer was set up on 1st Aug 16. After consultation with the local community we adopted aims to secure its long-term future which would improve the facilities there while at the same time protecting the wildlife and preserving the countryside feel of the place that so many enjoy.

The Friends have been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery’s Awards For All which will be spent on improving access for the disabled, purchasing some sports equipment and also providing some seats which will be placed to take best advantage of the lovely panoramic views seen from the field. This work will be initiated as soon as weather permits.

We had great news in December being awarded over £48,000 from the recycling Company Viridor Credits. This will enable us to provide much needed play equipment for older children, a trail circuit involving balance for younger children and improvements to the existing playground: a new surface, an inclusive roundabout and self-shutting gate… plus more seats for the field.

In 2018 we will apply for more funding to install paths all across the field linking the entrances making it a more inclusive, accessible place.

We are indebted to the Woodland Trust who have donated 60 saplings which have been planted along with spring bulbs with the help of a council ranger, committee members and members of the local community.

We have installed two noticeboards, one at Hucklow Avenue and the other at Hazel Drive purchased with a grant from Derbyshire County Council’s Community Leadership Scheme with the help of councillor Ron Mihaly. News of our progress can be followed at our website ‘Friends of Whitecotes Playing Field’.

To contact us: whitecotesplayingfield@gmail. com. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our email address list to receive regular updates.

We welcome any comments and views and wish everyone a Happy New Year.