Isle of Lewis’ new community gem, the Lochs Showground, received a boost thanks to national charity Fields in Trust Scotland.
The long running rejuvenation and development of the old football ground was boosted by the £6,500 grant awarded by Fields in Trust Scotland from its QE Fields Challenge Fund. The funding will help with developing a new arena, access to the area and services for the users.
Lochs Showground was eligible for this funding as owners, Soval Estates, nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge. This longsighted moved by the owners means the showground will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy forever. The QE Fields Challenge is still open for submissions from landowners and aims to create a grassroots legacy from the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Fields that are protected through the Challenge receive a specially commissioned heraldic plaque and support to hold a community celebration event. In addition, FIT Scotland are a partner of Sportscotland: applications to the Sportscotland £10million Active Places Fund from QE Fields will be given added weighting.
We’re delighted to have received this funding from Fields in Trust for Lochs Showground in Laxay. It will enable us to further upgrade the current Showground facility cementing the Showground’s role as a real community event hub. With Fields in Trust’s support we have been able to make sure Lochs Showground is in better shape for the future and great fun for all the community to use,” Marilyn Macdonald, Treasurer, Lochs Agricultural Society.
Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that the owners are embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their locally protected QE Field. By safeguarding and improving this area, they has shown how much they value the quality of life of everyone in their community both now and in the future,” Colin Rennie, FIT Manager Scotland.
For more information contact Kathryn Cook, Communications Manager or Colin Rennie