Guston Green opening

From tractors to turf: play deprived village opens new outdoor space

On Saturday 30 March residents of Guston will celebrate the official opening of their new recreational space by Special Guest, Lady Julia Pender DL.  Two years ago children in the village were forced to hunt for space to play, often dodging tractors in the country lanes.  Now they have a transformed site, with sports facilities, natural play equipment and a picnic relaxation area with full disabled access. There is also a natural hedgerow, seating and safety fencing. The freshly named Guston Green has something for everyone!

The energy and determination of the parish council has created this play haven and, through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, protected it in trust for future generations to always enjoy. In 2011 the council purchased an acre of farmland.  Through Fields in Trust’s Diamond Jubilee legacy programme, the QEII Fields Challenge, the have protected it in perpetuity and also leveraged funding to help them realise their dream through FIT’s partnership with the SITA Trust.

“This project has inspired our community and has created a real sense of community cohesion.  Residents have come together on many occasions to help plant trees and shrubs on the site, mow and strim the grass”, Guston Parish Council.

“What they - the whole community - have shared in creating is beautiful and so cleverly planned and executed. It truly is a triumph and a brilliant show case for what a QEII field in trust should look like; and a shining example of how the programme can unite the whole community”, Lady Julia Pender.

“I am delighted to see Guston Green opened for all to enjoy. It is a wonderful example of how grassroots determination can work with our programmes to ensure that people can enjoy themselves outdoors. I congratulate Guston on all their hard work and hope they enjoy their Green for many years to come!” Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust.