Work starts on clearing area around former bowls club ahead of demolition

A general view of the New Street Recreation Ground.
A general view of the New Street Recreation Ground.

Work to remove trees and overgrown hedges from a former bowls club in Daventry is set to start this week ahead of the building’s demolition.

The work to the former New Street bowls club will involve the removal of trees next to the disused pavilion, as well as inner hedging from the outside of what was once the bowling green. The hedge next to Tesco car park will also be trimmed back.

The work is being carried out by contractors for Daventry District Council (DDC) well in advance of the demolition planned for later this year, to eliminate the risk of disturbing nesting birds.

Once demolished, the site will be levelled and turfed or seeded, forming part of the New Street Recreation Ground. Temporary fencing will be put up around the site this week and will remain until the demolition and reinstatement work is complete.

The former bowls club was managed by Daventry District Bowls Club until it disbanded in April 2011. DDC launched an appeal to find a new group to take it on but none came forward.

Daventry Tigers Bowls Club, based at Mayfield Park Sports Club, has benefited from the donation of a number of items from the pavilion since the decision was taken to demolish it, including pumps from its watering equipment, green baize and paving slabs.