A RECREATION area in Stapleford is now part of an open spaces living legacy.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled in the village’s recreation area on Saturday after Stapleford Parish Council signed up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

The Fields in Trust’s project aims to protect 2,012 open spaces as a tangible legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Stapleford Queen Elizabeth II Field is now part of a network of open spaces across the UK.

Parish council chairman Mick Geoghegan said: “The Fields in Trust programme is one of legacy and celebration and we’re delighted that we are able to celebrate our recreation area being protected forever through the challenge.

“We feel the plaque will be a lasting monument to this council’s dedication to safeguarding outdoor recreational space.”

Villagers also planted trees on the site as part of the Jubilee Trees project in conjunction with the Woodland Trust and with a donation from the Moore family, and a grant from Wiltshire Council provided new play equipment for the village children.

The plaque, which bears the royal coat of arms, shows the recreation area’s new status and is a visual reminder that the land is now protected forever for the local community to use and enjoy.