Open Spaces

The Parish Council maintain the following open spaces in the parish:

The Pickard Recreation Area

  • This open space was given to the village by Councillor Pickard in the early 1900s for the use of young children. Consequently appropriate play equipment has been installed there.
  • There is also a pleasant grass area surrounded by trees and spring bulb planting
  • Some seating is provided

The Kirkby Road Recreation Area

  • This is a large grassed area near the Primary School which has space for Changing Rooms and 2 full size football pitches
  • Play equipment is for younger and older children
  • Some seating is provided


  • There is a small park with play equipment


Housing Estates

  • There are open green spaces adopted by the Parish Council in all the Housing Estate


  • There are numerous footpaths throughout the parish which are the responsibility of the County Council
  • They are used by regular organised walking groups which are open to all


Other Recreation Facilities 

Sport In Desford

  • This Registered Charity has developed the 5 acre facility on Peckleton Lane from a derelict airfield site since 1988
  • The 2 storey clubhouse comprises a gym, dance studio, function room, sports bar, kitchens, changing rooms and 2 squash courts
  • The gym is open to all, but specialises in GP Referral and Heartsmart patients.
  • The 4 major rooms accommodate classes for 25 hours of dance, 2 tiny tots groups, 4 hours of karate, 4 University of the 3rd age groups, Tai Chi, Pilates, Circuits, Inclusive Club, 2 over 50s groups and a MacMillan Cancer group
  • Outside there is a Bowls Green, 3 Tennis courts, Football pitch and ample parking
  • The local Scout Group headquarters is incorporated into the main building and houses very enthusiastic scout, cub and beaver groups, totaling over 80 youngsters
  • Rooms may be hired for social activities
  • This site is protected by a Queen Elizabeth II Deed of Trust into perpetuity

Village Halls

  • There are village Halls in Desford and Botcheston which are used for community activities and classes

St Martin’s Church and Desford Free Church

  • All are used for community activities as well as for services
  • The Parish is fortunately well endowed with recreational facilities. It is essential that future planning policies ensure their retention

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