Chalford boasts three recreation grounds – Bussage Pleasure Ground, France Lynch Pleasure Ground and the Valley Playing Field.
Chalford Parish Council as Trustees of Chalford Allotments for Recreation (which includes Bussage and France Lynch Pleasure Ground) and Trustees of Chalford Recreation Ground (Valley Playing Field) control and manage the recreation grounds.
The recreation grounds have been improved by the Parish Council over the years with the addition of play and exercise equipment. While there is free access for everyone in the parish, in order to ensure the safety and enjoyment of users, restrictions apply to lighting of fires, camping, golf and use of drones (or other remote-controlled equipment).
Bussage Pleasure Ground
Bussage Pleasure Ground is situated between Old Bussage and Manor Farm. There is play equipment suitable for toddlers (with supervision) up to twelve years of age, including swings, climbing frames, a slide and a roundabout. For older children there is a skate ramp opposite the Frith Youth Centre. A full-size football pitch is laid out with football goals and this is used at weekends and some weekdays by Cotswold Rangers Mens and Ladies teams.
France Lynch Pleasure Ground
France Lynch Pleasure Ground is situated between Chalford Hill and France Lynch. For small children there is a play area with swings and roundabout on the Burcombe Way side of the grounds, while the older children’s play area is on the France Lynch side, with slide, climbing frame and swings.
The council have been able to make additions to the facilities in these pleasure grounds in the last 2 years. The basketball and five-aside football pitch was installed in 2015 funded from the Active Together grants scheme from Gloucestershire County Council with the help of our County Councillor, Stan Waddington, and has proved to be very popular. In 2016 thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All and a local developer (106 agreement) the parish council were able to purchase and install an adult outdoor exercise area.
The Valley Playing Field
The Valley Playing Field situated at the end of Chalford High Street at Valley Corner lies next to the River Frome and has swings, a zip-wire, climbing equipment, and an all-weather table tennis table, kindly provided by a donation from Chalford Scarecrow Trail.