Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Owain Glyndwr fields open

This story was published in the Daily Post, March 20, 2007.
Three Wrexham fields dedicated to Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr will be opened this week.

A field at Station Road, Marchwiel, comes first followed by official openings at Heol Kenyon, Johnstown, and Vicarage Hill, Rhostyllen.

They are being opened to the public as part of the Owain Glyndŵr Fields network established across Wales by the National Playing Fields Association.

The initiative, endorsed by the National Assembly, aims to establish an Owain Glyndŵr Field in every unitary authority in Wales.
More information about the Glyndŵr Fields can be found on the NPFA website:
Owain Glyndwr FieldsNPFA Cymru established the Owain Glyndŵr Fields scheme as a memorial to the Welsh hero, Owain Glyndŵr, Prince of Wales.

When the scheme was first launched at Caerphilly in 2001, Mrs Jenny Randerson AM, Wales’ Minister for Culture, Sport and Welsh Language said: “I am wholeheartedly in support of the NPFA Cymru’s Owain Glyndŵr Fields initiative. It is important that local communities throughout Wales, and the children within those communities in particular, have continued access to local recreation facilities. I believe the programme to be a worthwhile initiative, which can help secure the protection, and environmentally-friendly management, of playing fields and open spaces.”

Endorsed by the National Assembly for Wales, the Owain Glyndŵr Society, and the Owain Glyndŵr Embassy, the scheme has the support of almost all Welsh local authorities. Some of the fields are owned by the NPFA and others remain under the day-to-day control of the local authorities. All come under NPFA Cymru’s guardianship and are legally protected from being built on.

Each field displays special plaques commemorating Owain Glyndŵr and acknowledging the HSBC and the Foundation for Sports and the Arts which have supported the scheme. A welcome is extendend to any individual, company or society to support the scheme locally or nationally. Please contact the NPFA Cymru office in Cardiff.

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