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123 THE GRANGE PLAYING FIELD

OS REF SK587127

ACCESS TO THIS PLAYING FIELD WEEKEND MORNINGS ONLY OVER PRIVATE LAND AND STRICTLY TO THE PATH. USED AS A PLAYING FIELD FOR LOCAL JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB.

Date; 13th April 2002

This playing field is completely surrounded by water consisting of the Rothley Brook and a channel created to form a water feature in the grounds of The Grange. The Grange is for sale and there needs to be an alternative access possibly through a small area of grassland fronting Homefield Lane and with the construction of a bridge and car park. This could mean the felling of trees near the current gate but these are not classed as ancient.
The playing field is used for football and kept mown. The whole area is surrounded with a large margin of vegetation which will need further investigation when it has grown.
The site has no conservation status. Charnwood Wildlife surveyed it on the 2nd October 2001.

Alternative access was not created as thought and when The Grange was developed the only way in was through the grounds which are strictly private. Access on foot only down the pathway.

Looking to the grounds of The Grange Site 122 with the ancient Wellingtonia Tree to the left. The building on the car park when The Grange was used as offices is shown to the right but demolished when The Grange was sold for housing in 2008. February 2007

Looking to Grangefields Drive over Rothley Brook. February 2007

In 2004 the Rothley Parish Council considered buying this playing field but being responsible for the upkeep was the determining factor in not doing so. A survey was carried out to see if the area would make a suitable wildlife site but it would need a tremendous amount of work to make this happen. In a survey carried out in 2001 by Charnwood Wildlife it was not noted as a site with conservation status.
The large areas of scrub surrounding the whole of the field are very invasive and would need to be controlled to allow grassland plants to survive.
However, nothing is impossible these days (2004) with the generous grants available but a dedicated working group would need to be formed if this project is to go forward. This group would always be needed as the work of maintaining a wildlife site never ceases and lack of management is the biggest downfall of community wildlife sites.

Looking to Grangefields Drive over Rothley Brook. February 2007

The bridge from The Grange Site 122 into The Grange Playing Field February 2007

The bridge re-built in 2008

Rothley Brook bordering The Grange Playing Field to the left and Site 146 Priests Meadow to the right. The 'new' vicarage extreme right on Hallfields Lane. April 2002

Looking over Rothley Brook to the cul-de-sac end of Grangfields Drive from The Grange Playing Fields. February 2007

The Grange Playing Field surrounded by Rothley Brook with Site 146 Priests Meadow to the right. April 2002

Looking over Rothley Brook to Grangefields Drive over The Grange Playing Fields. February 2007

Looking to the buildings on The Grange car park when it was used as offices. February 2007

Looking over Rothley Brook to Grangefields Drive from The Grange Playing Field. February 2007

The Grange Playing Field with Rothley Brook running along the tree line. Looking to Grangefields Drive. February 2007

Looking over The Grange Playing Field from the re-built bridge to Grangefields Drive. July 2008

Date: 1st June 2004

Rather a dull, drizzly day but a walk was taken around the perimeter of the playing field to see what wild flowers were growing in the outer scrub areas. Due to brambles and nettles it proved rather a painful experience. However, the following plants were found:
Lady's Smock, Creeping Buttercup, Meadow Buttercup, Bulbous Buttercup, Ground Ivy, Great Hairy Willowherb, Red Campion, Lesser Stitchwort, Dandelion, Common Cleavers, Bramble, Stinging Nettle, Cow Parsley, Hogweed, Daisy, Hemlock, Ground Elder, Nipplewort, Garlic Mustard, Herb Bennett, Common Wintercress, Germander Speedwell, Common Sorrel, Shepherd's Purse, White Deadnettle, Butterbur, Creeping Thistle, Common Catsear.
Due to very dense scrub it was impossible to get to the banks of the Rothley Brook to check out the vegetation.
There are some sizeable trees in the playing field which are part of a really good area of mature trees in the adjoining Grange gardens, the Parish Church, the Old Vicarage, Priests Meadow and Homefield Lane. Birds noted were Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Robin, Pheasant with two young and Garden Warbler.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds.

There are lovely trees surrounding The Grange Playing Field by the side of Rothley Brook. April 2002

Tree surgery to the above tree in September 2002 leaving it a strange shape

Ancient Oak Tree 41 with a girth of 3.8m on the banks of Rothley Brook in the Grange Playing Field. Looking to Homefield Lane. April 2002

13th April 2002

In the area of tall vegetation that surrounds the mown football pitch and along the course of the Rothley Brook are mature trees recorded as part of the Rothley Ancient Tree Survey:
Black Poplar Hybrid 3.8m girth Tree 38
Black Poplar Hybrid 4.0m girth. Tree 39
Oak 3.8m girth. Tree 40
Oak 3.8m girth. Tree 41
Trees are classed as 'Ancient' when they have a minimum girth of 3.77m but this is reduced to 3.0 for Ash.

Ancient Oak Tree 40 with a girth of 3.8m on the banks of Rothley Brook in The Grange Playing Field. April 2002

Ancient Tree Black Poplar Tree 39 with a girth of 4.0m on the banks of Rothley Brook in The Grange Playing Field. April 2002

Ancient Black Poplar Tree with a girth of 3.8m in this group on the banks of Rothley Brook. Site 146 Priests Meadow to the right. April 2002

SITE 123 THE GRANGE PLAYING FIELD IN 2015

The entrance from the private grounds of The Grange. January 2015

Entering the playing field and looking to Grangefields Drive over the Rothley Brook. January 2015

Looking to Grangefields Drive. January 2015

Looking to Homefield Lane with the ornamental channel to the left and Rothley Brook to the right. January 2015

Looking over the ornamental channel to the modern part of The Grange. January 2015

Exit by the same bridge over the ornamental channel. January 2015

Looking from the bridge to the ornamental channel. January 2015

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