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Gnosall Parish Council

(Including the wards of Moreton and Knightley)

Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.


The Parish Council owns and manages this largest area of open-space in the parish – 25 acres of land alongside the Doley Brook.  The Parish Council has managed The Acres since it acquired the land in 1979 and has extensive experience of recreational management. A children’s play park was created and football pitches laid out on the former meadows. Unfortunately two of the pitches had to be abandoned because of flooding, so new facilities were focussed on the higher land on the eastern part of the site. A football 5-aside pitch was created and funding from the Big Lottery Fund accessed for a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). The Parish Council will be considering proposals in 2018 to illuminate the MUGA to extend the time it can be used. These facilities have proved extremely successful and are in constant use.

In 2012 the Parish Council developed a successful £130k Regeneration Project for the Acres - incorporating new interpretation facilities, seating, a picnic area and a footpath/boardwalk across the floodplain. It carried out this work in consultation with local stakeholders and community groups. The success of the project has been recognised through a number of environmental and community awards, and the site is regularly used now for sports events such as the Gnosall 5K Charity Run and Family Fun Days

Gnosall Parish Council plans for new leisure to be located on The Acres

Much of the site is a wetland within the floodplain, designated as a Site of Biological Importance and managed by the Parish Council to enhance its wildlife and community interest. However, approximately five acres along the eastern edge of this green space (alongside Brookhouse Road) lies above the floodplain and is utilised for community sports and recreational facilities.

At the southern end of this strip is located a play park, Multi Use Games Area, grassed football pitch and a basketball court.  The proposed site for a new facilities is adjacent to the basketball court.