The 2017 Fields in Trust Awards ceremony took place among the sparkling, sporting surroundings of the Lord’s Cricket Ground, with a new award for the ‘Friends Group of the Year’. The evening was hosted by TV sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley MBE.

Meet the Winners

UK's Best Park
Stanley Park, Blackpool

Described by its nominator as “fabulous, with its art-deco café, boating lake, visitors’ centre, bandstand, beautiful gardens, mini golf and children’s area – the centre of Blackpool”.


Community Champion
Joint Winner:
Marc Ellul

Marc is the chair of three Friends Groups, including Fields in Trust protected Tatem Park. He is a tireless organiser of events and fundraisers to improve his local parks.


Community Champion
Joint Winner:
Kazia Knight

Kazia has been Chairwoman since the Friends of Sandringham Park’s formation, she is the driving force for improvement and positive change.


Young Champion
Kimberley Mpukusa

Kimberley’s tennis achievements, alongside the challenges she’s overcome in her life, have been inspirational. Volunteering at several parks, she’s significantly reduced the marginalisation of women and girls in deprived areas of Swansea.


Friends Group of the Year
Friends of Angel Meadow

Friends of Angel Meadow was formed in 2004 to campaign for the park’s regeneration, and since then has transformed the abandoned site into the green retreat it is today, amid the bustle of the city.


Best Have a Field Day
Stanley Park, Blackpool

The day celebrated the park’s 90th Birthday, with a re-enactment of the original opening ceremony. Local schools depicted each decade since the park’s opening through costume, music and games with thousands turning up for the occasion.


Most Improved site
Furness Vale Playing Field

Furness Vale was derelict and lacking any sports facilities. Now the field is transformed with a level surface for football, gym equipment, mosaic trail, table tennis, flowerbeds, benches, picnic tables, and a perimeter path.


Getting Active (Team)
Market Drayton CASC

The club has more than 85 cricketers from age six upwards playing weekly throughout the year. They actively encourage junior girls and disabled cricketers and many junior players have reached Shropshire county level.


Getting Active (Individual)
Telford Town Park Arena

Telford Town Park Arena is home to a thriving parkrun, and with Energize (the County Sports Partnership) developed the "Go Wild Active Adventure", using technology to get more families active.


Best Play Initiative
Wingham Recreation Ground

Kimberley’s tennis achievements, alongside the challenges she’s overcome in her life, have been inspirational. Volunteering at several parks, she’s significantly reduced the marginalisation of women and girls in deprived areas of Swansea.


Partners of the Year
Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council is the only council in the UK to have embraced all of our protection programmes, protecting a King George V Field, a Queen Elizabeth II Field, a Centenary Field and now an Active Space.


Partners of the Year
Alcester Town Council

Alcester Town Council, having acquired land from the local district council, have seen the importance of protecting it with Fields in Trust.


 

Fields in Trust 2018 Awards

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