Centenary Field plan for Donnington Recreation Ground

Telford & Wrekin Council is poised to propose Donnington Recreation Ground be included as part of a national scheme aimed at commemorating the centenary of World War One.

Centenary Field plan for Donnington Recreation Ground

The Centenary Fields programme has been established as a national partnership between the Royal British Legion and Fields In Trust to protect war memorial parks and playing fields.

The programme aims to encourage every local authority in the UK to nominate at least one recreational space to be dedicated as a Centenary Field.

The aim is to create a tangible local legacy that will be valued by the local community for generations to come.

Donnington Recreation Ground has memorial gates located at one of its entrances with the words Lest We Forget 1914-1918. Either side of the gates are the lists of the names of the 38 people from Donnington who lost their lives fighting for their country in the two World Wars.

Telford & Wrekin Council has developed a positive relationship with Fields In Trust which has already seen three sites in the borough dedicated as Fields In Trust under the Queen Elizabeth Ii Fields Challenge.

Fields In Trust wants the network of protected fields to be established by November 2018 with all deeds of dedication signed by that date.

Each application will be assessed by a site visit and if accepted, the legal process then starts. Sites in England are protected via a Deed of Dedication which is registered with the Land Registry.

The site is then able to order a commemorative plaque and organise an unveiling event.

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture and ward member for Donnington, said: "Telford Town Park Arena, Stirchley Playing Fields and Malinslee Playing Fields have all already been dedicated as Fields In Trust and I think Donnington Recreation Ground is the perfect site to become the borough’s first Centenary Field.

"This is all part of the council’s ongoing work to protect the borough’s quality green spaces while at the same time recognising our rich military heritage.

"I am delighted that we are set to put in an application to Fields In Trust for the Recreation Ground to become a Centenary Field and I look forward to that becoming a reality.

"Going forward the council will be talking to stakeholders about other potential sites for consideration as part of the Centenary Fields programme."

Donnington Recreation Ground was established in December 1925 when the Duke of Sutherland sold the site to a group of miners from Lilleshall.

It comprises two football pitches, a junior play area, a ball court, a skate park, allotments, a bowling green and tennis courts.

Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet meeting on January 28 is being asked to approve the application being submitted to Fields In Trust.