Category Archives: Funding

Fields in Trust – new portal offers resources for open spaces

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust the new operating name for the National Playing Fields Association, offers a one stop shop for resources to help with the success and sustainability of our outdoor spaces.

Their Toolkit provides PDF downloads, signposting to other useful websites and Case Studies to highlight how other groups have used this information – or you can view their frequently asked questions to help you on your way.

Areas covered include;

  • funding
  • organisational & policy
  • planning process
  • volunteering
  • technical

Council announces funding success!!


The re-development of our local open space has been given a significant boost with the announcement by the council that council funding has been secured.

This is excellent news for our local community. Persistence has paid off with some very hard work from Paul Formosa (Community Development officer), staff at charity Groundwork and members of our Friends Group.

The £150,000 from the council adds to £35,000 secured from London Marathon Trust. A Community Spaces application has been submitted (stage II)  for £49,000. We hope to hear the good news from CS soon.

Update: 08/06/09

We have recently heard very good news from Community Spaces. We have been successful in our application for funds for £49,000. That takes our total for fund raising to £235,000 and means Groundwork will now move ahead to tendering stage soon. 🙂

Funding update – Good news!


The Friends of the open space have been successful in securing £35,335 in funding from the London Marathon Trust. This is great news, a very positive and promising start!

We have also been successful with getting through the first stage for the Community Spaces funding bid, which is for £46,000. There is a second stage still to get through on this one.

The main monies we await are from council funding decisions, which is not due till the new year. Will keep you posted.

Have a Merry Christmas. 🙂


P.S. See here for details of the open space re-development if you are not familiar with the plans.

AGM summary

The AGM went well. We have Ruth Edwards as Secretary, Deborah Peacock as Treasurer & Matt Burge as Chair.

There’s £246 in the bank, which is available for this year’s Ladder Summer Party if necessary. Adam has booked a story teller who costs £70 per example.

The  re-development plans are costed at £236,000 by charity Groundwork. The works will have to be phased as we get funding. There was a separate meeting with the council & Groundwork last Friday. There’s a reasonable chance that the council will contribute a sizeable amount to this project. The rest will have to come from several outside funders.

If anyone is interested in getting involved with fund raising please contact us via the ‘About’ page. 🙂