Trefonen Playing Field is a large open space which serves three rural settlements, Trefonen, Treflach and Nantmawr, outside the market town of Oswestry.
Car park on site off Oswestry Road
Lat/Long: 52.835441, -3.0969484
Open all year
Trefonen Playing Fields is a 2.6ha area of greenspace in the delightful village of Trefonen just south of Oswestry. Home of Trefonen Football Club, the site offers an array of facilities and interests from play areas to wildlife areas, a sculpture trail and outdoor exercise equipment and benches follow the 500m circular path around the whole site.
In recent years there have been inspiring improvements to the Field, changes that allow a greater diversity of use and interest, revealing the industrial heritage, promoting the rural environment and creating a place for recreation, enhanced biodiversity and community engagement. Indeed, these changes have been driven by determined and coordinated community action which in itself has greatly enhanced community cohesion.
The site is comprised of a central games area (with a league standard football pitch), a new car park, a contemporary play area which utilises the pit mound and is designed to inspire children’s imagination, a woodland area, part of the wildlife area, with an outdoor classroom used by the adjacent primary school Eco club. Improvements to the footpath network encircling the site include seating, picnic benches and outdoor fitness equipment as part of the trim trail. The industrial heritage of the site has been interpreted to include sculptures telling the story of local mining.
Trefonen Playing Field is owned and managed by Shropshire Council in partnership with the Trefonen Playing Field Association and Trefonen Football Club. The site is very much the focus of local groups in the community, including the Wildlife Group and Heritage Group. Very well attended annual events ensure the site remains at the heart of village life.
In 2012 the site received recognition in becoming a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust.
Things to see and do
- Play area
- Heritage trail
- Wildlife areas