Rowley Fields has been available as a community resource, free to use by the townsfolk of Stratford for many decades. As Stratford has grown and tourism has increased, the need for open space has also increased. Rowley Fields provides an oasis of calm, close to the town centre, with free parking, it’s a safe area where young and old can meet, exercise, play or simply have contact with friends and acquaintances.
Part of the College Estate, the fields are now owned and managed by Stratford Town Trust. Town Trust members have a clear mandate to support, challenge and hold to account the 11 Trustees. The Trusts Memorandum and Articles of Association, its rule book define five objects. Objective 4 is to provide or support facilities for the recreation and leisure time of the beneficiaries – the people of Stratford. Rowley Fields clearly delivers this object.
The Friends of Rowley Fields aims to bring together those who use Rowley Fields and/or support the retention of the land as public open space, free to use for recreation and leisure.
In the short term we aim to establish the association and in the medium term to support the Trust in managing the fields, encouraging wider use by the residents of Stratford. Long term we aim to ensure Rowley Fields is afforded permanent protection securing it for future generations.