The first stage of the new open space and grassed sports pitches at Hedge End officially got underway when Chair of Hedge End, West End & Botley (HEWEB) Local Area Committee, Cllr Cynthia Garton was on hand to help prepare the area - that will be known as ‘Berrywood Fields’.
The committee had approved the scheme that will provide three grassed pitches and a new public open space to the east of Berrywood Primary school. The new open space will also include new footpaths, landscaping and enhanced biodiversity for local people to enjoy.
In the next few months work will also start on the area’s first full size floodlit 3G artificial football pitch as part the neighbouring Deer Park school on Woodhouse Lane. These facilities will also be available for the wider community to use.
Chair of HEWEB Local Area Committee, Cllr Cynthia Garton said, “I’m delighted to officially get this new exciting scheme underway. The provision of these much-needed local community sports facilities will provide opportunities for local people to be more active, improve their physical and mental wellbeing as well as encouraging greater social interaction. We will also be enhancing biodiversity of the area with enhanced planting and landscaping for local people to enjoy.”
She added, “ I’m also pleased that these facilities will provide Hedge End Rangers with a place they can call home instead of having to travel to many different facilities for matches and training.”
Photo caption: Chair of HEWEB Local Area Committee, Cllr Cynthia Garton with Hedge End North Cllr Lucy Jurd and White Horse Contractors Site Manager Dave Richardson at Berrywood Fields.