THE future of Penistone Recreation Ground has been secured for the local community through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

Barnsley Council is entering into a deed with the National Playing Fields Association to dedicate the site as the Queen Elizabeth II playing field.

The challenge is a landmark project which commemorates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It's similar to the dedication of playing fields and recreation grounds such as King George V Memorial Fields in Hoyland as a commemoration of the death of King George V in 1936.

The QEII playing field will continue to be administered and maintained by Barnsley Council’s Parks Services - within the current allocated budget.

The dedication will not alter the current availability of the playing fields for general recreation, sports or events and may help to increase these in the future.

Each Queen Elizabeth II field will receive a cast metal plaque indicating that it is part of the programme, along with a Royal Oak sapling.