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Tongue End Playing Field plans impress judges

Volunteers behind plans to breathe new life into an overgrown playing field are delighted to have been shortlisted for an award.

A group of residents are working to transform Tongue End Playing Field and were thrilled to be named runner-up in the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.

They are hoping to convert the overgrown two acre site into a vibrant space for both wildlife and villagers.

Tongue End playing field
Tongue End playing field

One of the people behind the plans is Deeping St Nicholas parish councillor Ric Chapman, who said: “The award meant a considerable amount to all involved seeing it as clear acknowledgement that we’re moving in the right direction having taken the time to get the foundations of the project right.

“We’re now more excited than ever to make the plans a reality.”

A group of 11 volunteers have been working on the project for the field for over a year.

Plans for the site include adding a hedgerow border to parts of the field along with removing a chain link fence and debris close to an old swing.

Old trees will also be removed from the site.

A wetland area could also be created on the field, as well as additional tree planting for the benefit of wildlife and villagers.

Mr Chapman said: “Insects are the foundations of the food chain as if you can get insects you bring back small mammals, amphibians and birds.

“The idea is that this site is in the middle of two nature reserves and this could be a separate wildlife corridor.

“We have the biggest concentration of barn owls in the county.”

The playing field was once part of the village’s school, which closed in the 1980s.

Stakeholders in the project include: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Welland Rivers Trust, Chris French, Deeping St Nicholas Parish Council and the Tongue End community.

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