An open and welcoming space for everyone to enjoy
Since the year 2000 the Wotton Community Sports Foundation (WCSF) has worked to develop the PARC’s New Road site to provide sports and recreational facilities for the community in and around Wotton-under-Edge. Set up as a charity and with a dedicated committee of 15 people we are very proud of what we have achieved over the past 20 years.
Already we have been supported by local businesses and individuals to develop the facilities featured throughout this website. They include sports pitches, a running trail, the skate park and more. But we have a 999-year lease on the 38-acre New Road site and so we are certainly not finished yet!
What does the future of the PARC look like?
From the very beginning the committee has had a clear vision for the facilities that will ultimately be developed at the PARC. Each stage of development requires funding and so year by year we are working with sponsors and donors and moving towards fulfilling the original vision.
Who guides the development of the PARC?
WCSF began as a committee in 2000, and became a Registered Charity in 2007 (Registered Charity number 1121349). The organisation is run by a board of trustees which has representatives from Wotton Rovers Football Club, Wotton Hockey Club, Wotton Rugby Club, Wotton parkrun, Wotton Town Council plus other co-opted members fulfilling various roles. We always work hard to consult with the local community, businesses and individuals to help guide the future of the PARC. If you have any ideas about what you would like to see within the PARC in future or want to help support its development, then please contact us here.
How can I support the PARC?
The development of the PARC to date has been made possible by the generous support of individuals, Trusts and local businesses. If you would like to support the PARC in any way then please contact us here or discover more about how you can get involved here.
Currently we have the following items in various stages of funding and development:
Increased parking – just below the New Road entrance, and alongside the track to the pitches. £31,686 pledged so far of the £50,000 needed. Aiming to begin in the summer of 2019.
11 benches throughout the site – 7 installed so far. Funds pledged for the remaining 4. Contact us here if you would like to sponsor your own bench.
Sensory Garden – between the ponds and the barn – a quiet place with flowers, fruit, herbs and trees; seating in a meeting place; a bug hotel and stunning views – £3,000 already raised of the estimated £20,000 needed.
Play Area – a wide range of activities for all abilities. £1,000 already raised of the estimated £80,000 needed.
Full size all weather pitch, plus club house and changing rooms. £230,000 already pledged of the £1 million needed.
A community orchard with apples, plums, cherries and pears – the first 45 trees have been planted out of the 100 planned for the future. Contact us here if you would like to sponsor your own fruit tree.
Ecology of the site
One of the cornerstones of our site development has been increasing the diversity of ecology on the site. We’ve planted nearly 6,000 trees on the site to create a number of wildlife corridors, created a second wildlife pond as part of the drainage works, and have begun creating a fruit tree orchard and wildflower areas. We’ve been delighted to see a huge variety of wildlife on the site, with birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and toads, deer, foxes and badgers all making an appearance at various times.