Visitors to Tormarton Recreation Ground no longer need to fear getting stuck in a muddy field, following the completion of a project to install a new car park.
The new tarmac car park, which provides parking spaces for 20 vehicles, replaces the previous unsurfaced parking area, which had become overgrown with weeds and was muddy and unsafe during the winter months.
The project was made possible thanks to a £16,500 grant from Enovert Community Trust which has covered the installation costs. Two years ago, the Trust provided a grant of more than £9,000 to fund essential renovation works to the pavilion and changing rooms, which has led to an increase in demand for the facilities.
The preliminary ground work for the new car park was carried out by local volunteers organised by Tormarton Recreation Ground Management Committee. John Wells, Secretary of the Tormarton Recreation Ground Management Committee, said:
“Tormarton Playing Field is the home ground for two local football clubs and two cricket clubs, and it is in constant use throughout the year. As Tormarton is in a rural setting, and the bus service is infrequent, almost all of the sports players and spectators arrive by car, so upgrading our parking facilities was an urgent priority.
“The playing field is an important asset for the village and teams frequently use the local village inn after matches and training. The Tormarton Recreation Ground Management Committee is indebted to the Enovert Community Trust for awarding this grant which will enable our visitors to park and use the facilities safely.”
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: "The Trustees were delighted to provide a grant towards the new car park, which provides a vital resource for sporting and leisure activities in the village.”