County news February 21, 2009

Work begins at the Rose Bowl

Cricinfo staff

Work has begun on the first phase of development at Hampshire's Rose Bowl aimed at easing long-standing problems regarding spectator access.

The project includes the installation of 20 new turnstiles and a perimeter fence, as well as the relocation of 88 trees from around the site which need to be moved to make room for the construction of a new stand. A number of the trees are being relocated to form an avenue either side of the circulation road with the remainder being transferred to a holding nursery on Botley Road. All trees will be brought back to site and replanted in spring 2011 once the development is complete.

"This is the first stage of an exciting series of development phases," explained Chris Egelstaff, the operations director. "The work to carefully relocate the trees is essential in order for the major works to commence later in the year. This will mean that the look of the ground and the way it operates will change in many ways but I'm sure that our members and other spectators at first-class cricket will appreciate the measures we are taking to ensure The Rose Bowl continues to develop as a professional and modern venue."