Gnosall Parish Council
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.
ii. Acres Field
iv. Wetland – brook, fen, meadow, trees
This 25-acre site is the largest area of public open space in the village and has been owned & managed by Gnosall Parish Council since 1979. The Acres was originally laid out with a range of facilities including playing fields, allotments and a play-park.
Lying in the floodplain of the Doley Brook, the main field soon proved to be too wet to play sports on and part of the allotments had to be abandoned due to the high groundwater table.
After successfully raising the funds for the Multi-Use Games Arena (MUGA), Gnosall Parish Council developed plans in 2011 for an ambitious project to rejuvenate the Acres. The aim of the project was to fulfil the Acre’s great potential as an asset for the whole community. Tired-out facilities would be replaced and a greater effort made to make the site a more welcoming place to visit.
The Acres Regeneration Project would be split over three phases from 2012 to 2015. A public consultation event in 2011 identified public access and the wetland along the Doley Brook as the two main features that needed improving.
The Parish Council was successfully awarded £80,000 from the Environment Agency and Leader Programme to help fulfil the first stage of the project.
In 2013, Gnosall Parish Council was successfully awarded nearly £25,000 from Staffordshire Environmental Fund and Leader Programme to initiate the second phase of the project. Building on work from the previous year, the funding enabled the Parish Council to further enhance access, create a picnic area and provide interpretation.
Subject to funding, the third phase of the Regeneration Project will be the most ambitious yet. Gnosall Parish Council hopes to appoint a Community Warden to develop local voluntary activities, a programme of environmental education/art projects and establish the Acres as a Forest School location. To help facilitate this, a special classroom facility will be located within the Allotments area – with a dual role as communal facilities for allotment holders.