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Queen's new pitch unveiled next season

Work starts this week to dig up the old turf pitch at Queen of the South and replace it with a new 3G surface.

The Palmerston Park ground, home of Queens since 1919, will be the latest club in South West Scotland to get a new artificial pitch - Annan Athletic ditched grass last year.

It'll cost £500,000 with Dumfries and Galloway Council paying £225,000 towards the cost, matched by SportScotland. The club is paying a further £60,000.

Doonhamer fans have been buying pieces of the old turf at £10 per square yard to help raise some of the costs.

The club says the new pitch will mean that community groups and children from local clubs and schools will be able to use the facilities during the week when the Queen of the South team don't need it.

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What does '3G pitch' mean?

The artificial turf named '3G' (Third Generation) is a surface created using synthetic fibres and rubbers, made to look like grass.

Unlike previous artificial surfaces, the pitch does not contain sand, therefore it is much less likely to cause friction burns to the skin.

The main reason for its use is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, particularly in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming.

'We are future proofing the club' says Queens chairman

The new pitches will allow local community groups and others to use the facilities, and will bring the total number of 3G pitches in south-west Scotland to six.

The others, including Galabank, the home of Annan Athletic FC, were installed last year.

"We are future proofing the club. We are able to generate revenue from the pitch. The young kids these days train on astro turf. It's nothing new to them.

"They are happy to play on that so I think astro turf is the way forward."

– Billy Hewitson, Chairman, Queen of the South

New 3G pitch for Palmerston Park

Palmerston Park in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Councillors have unveiled the details on three new '3G' artificial football pitches that will be built in Dumfries and Galloway, including at the ground of Queen of the South.

The council agreed to spend £750,000 on the new surfaces at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, Blairmount Park at Newton Stewart FC and St Mary's Park in Kirkcudbright.

The total amounts are:

£225,000 to Queen of the South

£275,000 to Newton Stewart FC

£275,000 to St Cuthbert Wanderers.

The money will be subject to match funding from Sport Scotland.

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