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Community Games promotes more use of Lincoln's South Common

By AlexColman  |  Posted: July 09, 2012

  • Families enjoyed a taste of orienteering on South Common in Lincoln.

  • Shire horses were demonstrating how horses are not uncommon on common land.

  • Lincoln Red Cattle were on show as they used to be grazed on the land.

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Organisers of the South Common Community Games event hope it has encouraged more people to make use of the green space in the centre of Lincoln.

Intermittent showers failed to discourage people from enjoying outdoor activities on Sunday, from orienteering to puppy training.

The real message behind the event though, was promoting that local people should make the most out of South Common.

Stephen Hall, a committee member for the Cross O'cliff Hill Residents Group said: "We want to encourage people to appreciate the common because the more people who use it and who like it, the better it is protected.

"There are so few places like this around, they are very special and if we can encourage more people to use it for whatever purpose, as long as it is legal, the happier we shall be."

Stephen Hall explained how many of the activities that were on offer were things that can be done on a day to day basis by families, with the idea of showing what you can do on the common as well as some of the history behind it.

"A lot of the things here are examples of how you can enjoy the common, you could be doing art or be involved with ecological gardening and a lot of people exercise dogs so we've got the University of Lincoln puppy school here.

"We've got the Lincoln Red Cattle, the local breed here today as many years ago there were in fact Lincoln Red Cattle grazing on the common," said Mr Hall.

Several local groups were involved with the Community Games as well as local volunteers.

Victoria Taylor, 17, from the Priory Academy LSST said: "I've come to help out today in setting up the stalls and running errands because I think sometimes I don't get outdoors enough.

"I've actually enjoyed being able to go around and explore the common and learn some interesting things from the history tour."

Mick Jones, City Archeologist for Lincoln, was leading historic tours of South Common and noted some of the past uses of the land in modern history.

"The common was used in the 19th century for leisure and you can still see the shape in places where the Lincolnshire Rifflemen have cut vertical banks in the land for target practise.

"In the early 20th century, sports pitches and even a golf course were laid out here and then the common was used for practice for World War I.

"They tested the Tank here which was of course built on Tritton Road and higher up the hill there are traces of where they did practice trenches. They brought some of the troops here for training, digging chevron shaped trenches."

Click here to see the full gallery from the Community Games South Common Family Fair...

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  July 09 2012, 5:00PM

    There was a golf course and football pitches there until a few years ago. The LABOUR ran council got rid of them.

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