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Appeal launched to improve part of Rodley Cricket Ground

A fundraising campaign has been launched to landscape an overgrown area of Rodley Cricket Ground.

Following a winter closure due to COVID, Rodley Cricket Club are looking to bounce back this summer with an ambitious redevelopment of a run-down area of their home and community park land at Canal Bank Sports Ground.

The crowdfunder has been launched by Robert Young and has so far raised £550 of its £750 target. My Young said:

“We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved both in cricket and within our local community since upgrading our facilities. We now want to create a community space we can be proud of too!”

Leeds City Council have approved plans for the landscaping of the stretch of land next to Leeds Liverpool Canal at the top of the cricket ground. The plans include clearing the overgrowth to make way for landscaped borders, featuring blossom trees, shrubs and planting to improve the aesthetic of the area.

Money raised will cover the hire costs of basic machinery required to clear the overgrown area ready for landscaping. Any additional funds raised above and beyond the target would go towards additional planting, restoring sections of the dry stone wall, tools for vlunteers and improving access via main walking routes.

The club has also received a tree grant from the Woodlands Trust.

The campaign has so far received the backing of more than 30 individual donators. Asim and Catherine Ansari said:

“Rodley Cricket Ground is an integral part of the Rodley community. Looking forward to spending some time there this summer!”

The crowdfunder can be found here.

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