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SPORTING JOURNEYS: Spotlight on Cregagh Green

12th July 2019

Our Summer of Parks spotlight this week is Cregagh Green in Belfast, where George Best first kicked a football as a youngster and now protected in perpetuity as an Active Space.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: "A world of good"

8th July 2019

As our Summer of Parks continues we welcome a blog from Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP, who reflects on Have a Field Day, UK's Best Park and current developments within the parks and green spaces sector.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Valuing the work of Friends

7th July 2019

In our latest staff blog, David Sharman discusses the invaluable role that Friends of groups play in our nation's parks and green spaces.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Hosting Have a Field Days for communities

6th July 2019

On Have a Field Day today, around a fifth of the 250 plus events are being organised by Friends of groups - discover some of the ways groups across the UK are celebrating.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Spotlight on Friends of Newton Park

5th July 2019

This week our Summer of Parks shines the spotlight on the Friends of Newton Park in Trafford, Greater Manchester and how their efforts resulted in the park being protected in perpetuity.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Future Proof Parks

2nd July2019

Future Proof Parks is part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund "Kick the Dust" programme, which aims to get more young people interested and involved in preserving their local heritage.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Top ten tips for establishing a group

1st July 2019

Our latest guest blog welcomes Sarah Royal from the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, who shares her tips on establishing a Friends of group.

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MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE: Enjoy your park, but take only memories and leave only footprints

30th June 2019

In our latest staff blog our Digital & Campaigns Officer, Jamie Grubb, takes a look at the impact of litter and how we can all make our parks and green spaces nicer places for everyone this summer.

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MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE: Spotlight on Trevor Hoyte

28th June 2019

In this week's spotlight we learn about Trevor Hoyte and his role in the maintenance and management of Rugby's parks for the benefit of the local community.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: Marking anniversaries and looking to the future

23rd June 2019

As we conclude our Summer of Parks week focused on celebrating local parks and green spaces it's all about anniversaries, with a number of parks toasting major birthdays at the moment.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: In conversation with Chris Worman MBE

22nd June2019

As part of our Summer of Parks week celebrating parks, we chat with green space professional Chris Worman MBE.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: Spotlight on Starbank Park

21st June 2019

As we celebrate parks and green spaces this week we turn the spotlight on Starbank Park in Edinburgh and the work of their active Friends of group.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: Parks in your pocket

18th June 2019

This week as we celebrate parks and green spaces we take a look at some app options to download to enhance your park experience.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Discussing guidance and support on obtaining funding

16th June 2019

In the third staff blog of our 'Summer of Parks' our Events & Membership Officer, Shannon Newton, discusses how Fields in Trust can offer guidance and support on obtaining funding for your local park or green space.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Six places to start your search for grant funding

15th June 2019

An area which is often very beneficial to parks and green spaces is grant funding. Here we outline six places to start your search.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Spotlight on Stradishall Parish Council

14th June 2019

As we discuss the funding of parks and green spaces this week we shine the spotlight on Stradishall Parish Council and their community fundraising efforts which led to their purchase of the local playing field.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Five Top Tips For Crowdfunding

11th June 2019

Ian Goodman from MyParkScotland shares his five top tips for crowdfunding for your park or green space.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: A Royal Legacy

10th June 2019

As we start our 'Summer of Parks' week discussing funding of parks and green spaces, a look back on the contribution of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the 'Playing Fields Movement'.

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INFORMAL COMMUNITIES: Parks bringing people together

9th June 2019

In the second on this summer's staff blogs, Angela Lewis discusses how parks bring people together and create informal communities.

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INFORMAL COMMUNITIES: Eight ideas for your Have a Field Day

8th June 2019

Have a Field Day is about getting out and enjoying our local parks and green spaces. Here's eight ideas for your Have a Field Day that you can also get others involved with!

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INFORMAL COMMUNITIES: Spotlight on Norman McCarley and Brynmill Park

7th June 2019

As our Summer of Parks looks at at informal communities in parks and green spaces, we focus on one champion who has dedicated himself to bringing people together: Norman McCarley from the Friends of Brynmill Park in Swansea.

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PROVISION: Spotlight on Islington Borough Council

31st May 2019

An in depth look at provision in the London Borough of Islington and how they are working to protect their parks and green spaces for future generations.

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PROVISION: Compiling the Green Space Index

27th May 2019

In our latest staff blog our Digital & Campaigns Officer, Jamie Grubb, reflects on compiling the Green Space Index and looks ahead to its future.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: What does the evidence tell us and why does it matter?

25th May 2019

A review of the cross-cutting policy impact of parks and green spaces, as our Summer of Parks gets underway.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: Championing our green spaces this summer

24th May 2019

Between now and mid-September, we'll be celebrating everything that we all love about our local parks and green spaces, leading discussions on the issues affecting parks and giving you plenty of opportunities to get involved along the way.

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Durban groundsman goes the extra mile for Fields in Trust

24th April 2019

This Sunday four runners will line-up at the start of the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money towards Fields in Trust's work to protect, support and champion green spaces for good.

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Council plans for park booking system labelled a disgrace

1st April 2019

Fields in Trust have condemned plans by one local council to limit their residents' access to local parks by implementing a new booking system, allowing the sell-off of swathes of green space.

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PROTECT: Mid and East Antrim Borough Council securing spaces for future generations

27th March 2019

War Memorial Park in Ballymena has become the latest space in Mid and East Antrim to be protected in perpetuity with Fields in Trust. Nine parks and green spaces across the borough are now secured for future generations.

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PROTECT: 90 years working for Northern Ireland's green spaces

15th March 2019

Today marks 90 years of Fields in Trust’s work to protect, support and champion parks and green spaces in Northern Ireland. In the time since 29 spaces have been protected in perpetuity.

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COMMENT: Parks and Green Spaces - an invaluable asset?

18th February 2019

In the latest of our Fields in Trust staff blogs, Policy Manager Alison McCann responds to the announcement by Secretary of State, James Brokenshire MP of £13M in additional funding for parks and green spaces.

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A Look Back On 2018

30th December 2018

This has been a busy year for Fields in Trust and the parks and green spaces sector as a whole. Here we take a look back on some of the highlights and events of note from 2018.

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CHAMPION: One year in the life of the UK's Best Park

28th December 2018

In our first guest blog Elaine Smith MBE, Chairman of The Friends of Stanley Park and the Salisbury Woodland, discusses one year in the life of the UK's Best Park.

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POLICY: Valuation in Practice

7th December 2018

In the latest of our Fields in Trust staff blogs, Policy Manager Alison McCann reflects on our commissioned piece of research, Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, from earlier this year.

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PROTECT: Reflecting on Remembrance

18th November 2018

In our latest staff blog our Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, looks back on the World War I commemorations and discusses the legacy our Centenary Fields programme is leaving.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Fourteen

11th November 2018

All the stories from the final week of our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign which featured spaces from each of the four home nations.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy and the Commonwealth

9th November 2018

Six of the spaces featured as part of Centenary Fields Legacy have links to those from Commonwealth countries who fought for and with the British Army in World War I.

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COMMENT: Prevention is better than cure

6th November 2018

Alison McCann responds to the publication of the new NHS strategy which focuses on prevention.

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PROTECT: Spaces across the UK marking Armistice centenary

5th November 2018

Centenary Fields across the UK will be holding remembrance events this week to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Thirteen

4th November 2018

A round-up of all the stories from the thirteenth week of Centenary Fields Legacy, which featured spaces which are or include memorials to the fallen.

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PROTECT: Telling the stories of the Centenary Fields Legacy

3rd November 2018

Ahead of the conclusion of our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign in our latest staff blog our Digital & Campaigns Officer, Jamie Grubb, looks back on putting the campaign together and reflects on some of the stories it has told.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Twelve

28th October 2018

As we move to within a fortnight of the centenary of the Armistice, this week our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign featured spaces covering the length and breadth of the UK – from Cornwall to the Highlands and from Norfolk to Antrim.

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COMMENT: Budget 2018 - investing in our parks and green spaces

26th October 2018

In our latest staff blog Fields in Trust's Policy Manager, Alison McCann, looks ahead to Monday's Budget statement and the importance of supporting parks and green spaces to achieve multiple policy agendas.

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PROTECT: Securing our memorial spaces in perpetuity

25th October 2018

As we approach the centenary of the Armistice, in our latest staff blog our Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, discusses our Centenary Fields programme and the importance of ensuring our memorial spaces remain protected in perpetuity.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Eleven

21st October 2018

This week our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign passed its three-quarter mark, meaning there are now over 70 stories on our interactive map of spaces which are protected forever.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Ten

14th October 2018

As our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign moves into its final month, this week all the spaces featured served the ongoing war effort by a variety of means.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Nine

7th October 2018

The completion of the ninth week of our Centenary Fields Legacy programme means that 100 years ago the Great War was just five weeks from its conclusion.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Eight

30th September 2018

This week our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign passed its half-way point, marking 50 days since the start of the 100 Days Offensive a century ago.

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PROTECT: Kensington Memorial Park marks mid-point of Centenary Fields Legacy

26th September 2018

Today our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign reaches its mid-point by featuring Kensington Memorial Park. It was at this space two years ago that Fields in Trust’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge unveiling a Centenary Fields plaque.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Seven

23rd September 2018

It is estimated that around 70 million military personnel were mobilised during World War I with around 20 million deaths and a further 21 million wounded as a direct result of the conflict.

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PROTECT: Parks protected in perpetuity to support community activities

21st September 2018

Four UK parks are set to benefit from £100,000 of investment which will encourage local people to get active in their local park. Capital grants from The London Marathon Charitable Trust have been awarded through the Active Spaces programme.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Six

16th September 2018

Remembrance is much more than just 11am on Sunday 11th November each year, and as our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign is showing, marking the events of 100 years ago can take many forms.

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COMMENT: Creating a healthy, happy environment to live

14th September 2018

Frequent use of parks and green spaces is good for you, fact. But how many of us visit these free to use spaces on a regular basis?

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Five

9th September 2018

Many acts of memorial to those who fought and fell in World War I were carried out in the years that immediately followed the end of conflict, with the personalities who didn't return still in the memories of those they left behind.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Four

2nd September2018

With the fourth week of our Centenary Fields Legacy programme now complete the interactive map is starting to fill up with spaces all across the UK protected in perpetuity in memory of the millions who lost their lives during World War I.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Three

26th August 2018

The third week of Centenary Fields Legacy has featured seven spaces with contemporary links to World War I.

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CHAMPION: Engaging young people with heritage parks

23rd August 2018

Fields in Trust has partnered with green space charity, Groundwork and The National Youth Agency, to launch 'Future Proof Parks', a £900k National Lottery-funded programme that will support Friends of parks groups and local young people

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week Two

19th August 2018

During the second week of Centenary Fields Legacy we have focussed in on the years which immediately followed the conclusion of conflict and the local efforts to remember those who fell.

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PROTECT: Centenary Fields Legacy Week One

12th August 2018

Fields in Trust this week launched our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign, where each day we'll be featuring one space protected as part of the Centenary Fields programme in memory of those who lost their lives during World War I.

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PROTECT: Marking the Centenary Fields Legacy

8th August 2018

As we begin our Centenary Fields Legacy campaign Fields in Trust Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, discusses what will be happening over the coming weeks.

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PROTECT: 80 years on from the first King George’s Field

16th July 2018

Today, 16th July, marks the 80th anniversary of the legal protection of King George V Playing Field in Sonning, Berkshire, identified as "the first field" of the 471 contained within the Final Report of the King George's Fields Foundation.

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CHAMPION: Thousands enjoy Have a Field Day fun in the sun

11th July 2018

An estimated 30,000 park lovers across the country enjoyed a fun filled day at the park on Have a Field Day on Saturday 7th July. Hundreds of events took place right across the UK from small community picnics to large parties and fetes.

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PROTECT: Local MP unveils latest Centenary Fields plaque in Lancashire

5th July 2018

Brindle Community Hall and its surrounding recreational land became the fifth space protected in Lancashire as part of the Centenary Fields programme last weekend.

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CHAMPION: Have a Field Day and celebrate the UK’s parks and green spaces

4th July 2018

Thousands of people, in hundreds of communities across the UK, will come together this weekend to celebrate local parks and green spaces as part of Have a Field Day on Saturday 7th July.

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CHAMPION: Explore your local green space with Go Jauntly

28th June 2018

Fields in Trust are delighted to be partnering with Go Jauntly, an app which helps everyone discover local walks and adventures.

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POLICY: Don’t let the sun set on our parks

22nd June2018

On the first day of summer, the UK's political leaders were asked to champion the UK's parks and green spaces.

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GREEN SPACES FOR GOOD: Establishing a new corporate strategy and identity

21st June 2018

Fields in Trust's new logo has been public since we launched our new strategy last month, so it is timely to examine the reasons why we reviewed and updated our visual identity and branding.

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PROTECT: Continuing the King George's Fields Foundation legacy

11th June 2018

16th July marks the 80th anniversary of the legal protection of The King George V Playing Field at Sonning in Berkshire in 1938.

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CHAMPION: Saying thank you to green space guardians this Volunteers’ Week

6th June 2018

As this year’s Volunteers’ Week draw to a close, here at Fields in Trust we want to say our thank you to those green space guardians who go the extra mile for our nation’s parks and green spaces.

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POLICY: Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces in Wales and Scotland

23rd May 2018

Earlier this month we launched “Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces” our innovative research measuring the economic and wellbeing value that parks and green spaces contribute to individuals.

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CENTENARY FIELDS: Remembering the past, protecting the future

18th May 2018

In the latest in our series of blogs, Fields in Trust Development Manager, Terry Housden, writes about the work of our Centenary Fields programme protecting war memorial parks and their legacies from a century ago.

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CENTENARY FIELDS: Birch Gardens latest space in Staffordshire protected

14th May 2018

Birch Gardens in Leek has become the latest space in Staffordshire protected as part of the Centenary Fields programme.

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RESEARCH: New research shows UK parks and green spaces generate over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits

7th May 2018

New research from Fields in Trust demonstrate that parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits.

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Fields in Trust condemn council plans for virtual parks

1st April 2018

Sunday 1st April 2018 Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, has hit out at reported plans by one town council to sell its green space and instead provide residents with "permanent parks" through virtual reality headsets.

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COMMENT: Revaluing our parks and green spaces

15th March 2018

Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, comments on a trio of recently published reports into parks and green spaces and looks ahead to Fields in Trust's own forthcoming research report.

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COMMENT: New planning proposals must reflect the value of parks and green spaces

7th March 2018

This week Prime Minister Theresa May announced a major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework, "to provide a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils".

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COMMENT: Raising the financial red flag is a warning signal for green space

13th February 2018

Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, comments on the recently published review of local council finance and its potential implications for parks and green spaces.

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AWARDS: Stanley Park named UK’s Best Park 2017 at Fields in Trust Awards

30th November 2017

Blackpool's Stanley Park, has been voted by the public as the UK's Best Park at the prestigious annual Fields in Trust Awards 2017.

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CENTENARY FIELDS: Programme reaches protection century

9th November 2017

Centenary Fields, our nationwide programme commemorating World War I, has now registered its 100th site with the Cropwell Bishop Memorial Hall site in Nottinghamshire achieving protected status.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Shortlist announced for 2017 Award

3rd November 2017

The shortlists for this year's Fields in Trust Awards have been announced. Winners in nine categories will be celebrated at a ceremony on Wednesday 29th November at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

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AWARDS: Shortlists announced for Fields in Trust Awards

3rd November 2017

We are delighted to reveal the shortlists for this year's Fields in Trust Awards, with the winners due to be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 29th November.

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COMMENT: Parks positively contributing to our health and wellbeing

14th October 2017

As voting opens for the UK's Best Park award, Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, discusses how our parks and green spaces positively impact our health and wellbeing.

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ACTIVE SPACES: King's Lynn's River Lane Sports Pitches protected forever

22nd September2017

An area of public open space at Lynnsport has been protected by Fields in Trust as part of the Active Spaces programme. The programme secures recreational land development in perpetuity and supports community use of the site.

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AWARDS: Search to find the UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017 launched

20th September 2017

Do you think that your local park, playground or playing field is the best in the country? Here's your chance to prove it. National charity Fields in Trust have launched this year's campaign to find the UK's Best Park.

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POLICY: Fields in Trust appointed to Government’s new ‘Parks Action Group’

19th September 2017

Parks and Green Spaces Minister, Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Local Government has announced the creation of a 'Parks Action Group'.

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AWARDS: Nominations open for sixth annual Fields in Trust Awards

7th September 2017

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fields in Trust Awards, our annual showcase of the hard work of green space champions across the UK; nominations are invited in nine separate categories.

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CYMRU: New committee members appointed

6th September 2017

Fields in Trust Cymru is supported and advised by a Welsh Committee who apply their skills and experience to support the work of Fields in Trust as volunteers.

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POLICY: Fields in Trust Chief Executive joins Parks Minister on Rugby visit

23rd August 2017

Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, today joined Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones as he visited Rugby's award winning green spaces.

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ACTIVE SPACES: Belfast’s Cregagh Green first to benefit from London Marathon Charitable Trust funding

14th August 2017

East Belfast's Cregagh Green is the first project in the UK to be awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) as part of the Active Spaces programme.

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POLICY: UK’s Parks and Green Spaces – The State of Play

12th July 2017

More trips, to more parks, more often is good for health and wellbeing. Greenspace Map provides a baseline for monitoring local provision.

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CENTENARY FIELDS: My Grandad and the Great War

10th July 2017

In the latest in our series of blogs, Fields in Trust's Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, writes about her Grandad's involvement in World War I.

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HAVE A FIELD DAY: Thousands set to celebrate our parks and green spaces

7th July 2017

Hundreds of communities across the UK will come together tomorrow to celebrate our local parks and green spaces as part of Have a Field Day.

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RESEARCH: Visit your local park this weekend - you'll feel healthier and happier as a result

6th July 2017

The Fields in Trust submission to last year's Parliamentary Inquiry into the Future of Public Parks called for a change in the way public green space is conceived.

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Fields in Trust launch Impact Report 2016

27th June 2017

In this article Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, introduces our Impact Report for 2016 and highlights key achievements of our work over the last year.

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ACTIVE SPACES: Creating opportunities for women to get active

22nd June2017

In the latest in our series of blogs, Fields in Trust's Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, writes for International Women's Day about getting more women and girls involved in sport.

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PARTNERS: Groundwork UK launches new Youth Network

13th June 2017

Leading environmental community charity Groundwork UK today launch their new Youth Network, inviting applications for Young Green Ambassadors from those passionate about their local environment.

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HAVE A FIELD DAY: Celebrate your local green space this summer

9th June 2017

In the latest in our series of blogs, Fields in Trust's Jamie Grubb calls for us to love our local parks this summer.

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FIELDS: Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands creates living legacy to mark World War I Centenary

26th May 2017

Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands in Surrey has become the latest site protected under the Centenary Fields programme and celebrated its new status with a plaque unveiling ceremony earlier this week.

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FIELDS: New Active Spaces partnership will protect open spaces and tackle physical inactivity across the UK

22nd May2017

A new Fields in Trust protection programme will create a legacy of 50 permanently safeguarded outdoor spaces across the UK and tackle physical inactivity.

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Manifesto for Parks launched by Fields in Trust ahead of General Election

8th May 2017

In advance of the General Election on 8th June we launch our Manifesto for Parks. This election presents an opportunity to ensure the UK's parks, playing fields and green spaces are addressed as a vital national issue by the next government.

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FIELDS: Innovative partnership secures recreational green space in a new housing development

20th April 2017

Fields in Trust, in partnership with HAB Housing, are marking an innovative collaboration which will secure recreational land in perpetuity as part of a new housing development at Winchester, Hampshire.

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POLICY: Fields in Trust welcomes new API report into playgrounds

13th April 2017

Fields in Trust welcomes a new report from the Association of Play Industries (API) into the state of England's playgrounds and supports calls for increased investment that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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