Fields in Trust Awards 2015
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Winners announced at Fields in Trust Awards 2015
Hosted by BBC sports and news broadcaster Ore Oduba at Lords Cricket Ground, the Awards celebrated the achievements of Fields in Trust and its partners, who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space. All of the shortlisted nominations for this year's awards are listed below along with a short description of their nomination.
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Most Improved Fields in Trust Site
Little Aston Recreation Ground [Winner]
To start the project, eight acres of agricultural farmland was purchased. Facilities and services have been developed for all ages, including a children's play area, outdoor gym equipment, a fitness trail, wildlife educational area, volunteer gardeners group, gift a tree scheme, picnic areas, and the beginnings of an arboretum with more than 3,000 trees. Level access around the site has been provided, which benefits the whole community.
Mendlesham Playing Fields
Just a couple of years ago the young children’s play area had been destroyed in an arson attack and the football pitch was often flooded. An additional four acres of land were purchased, and new play equipment installed. The football club has been able to grow and is now very much part of the community and children of all ages are now interacting together.
The park was neglected and unloved with a reputation as a place plagued by anti-social behaviour. Now there is fully inclusive play equipment for all ages, children are able to learn about nature, felled trees have been turned into seating and the park has a Green Flag award.
Getting Active on a Fields in Trust Site
Coed Bach Park [Winner]
New accessible play equipment has been provided as part of the upgraded play facility. The bowls clubs have formed a new association and now have qualified coaches which will increase participation for juniors as well as the older generation. Estimated annual usage in sport and physical activity has increased by 15% from 23,000 to 26,500, not including dog walking and casual walking.
King George V Field, Auchterhouse
In September a local school decided to encourage their children to walk or run a mile every day on the on the KGV Field. The children are more focused in school once they have completed the walk. There are now 36 local children using the site on a daily basis to walk, run or jog one mile and some of the older children now use the park to go running in after school for their own leisure as they now know how far they are running.
Barn Elms Sports Trust
Previously there were around 1,250 users a week, now there are 1,850. In addition to existing football, tennis and multi-sport camps, Yoga, Pilates, Netball, Rounders and Softball have been introduced. Two new partnerships have been created which will help to increase participation in disability sport. They are looking to start Nordic Walking and Healthy walks linked with the NHS.
Best Play Initiative
King George V Playing Field, Amersham [Winner]
A newly refurbished infant playground has coupled with a fitness area to encourage use of the field with around 3,000 people attending the Carnival held earlier this year. The vibrant and inviting infant playground includes a Pirate Ship Play Village as well as inclusive equipment such as an in ground trampoline and wheelchair accessible roundabout which have encouraged use of the area by children of all abilities.
Five zones comprising free play, messy, fun, physical and early years ensured there was something for each and every one of the 5,000 attendees at Kay Park’s “Play More” event. Activities were wide-ranging and included everything from den building, water slides and a bouncy castle to obstacle courses, martial arts and a mobile skate park. A diverse range of groups were all involved to help make the day a success.
Three Corners Adventure Playground
A large play area including a zip wire, swings and walkways provides the focal point in this adventure playground which also includes a bright, spacious activity centre and floodlit 3G football pitch. Three Corners works within the community and children plan all of their programmes, with an abundance of loose parts, tools and sheets always available for den building.
Partner of the Year - Local Authority
- Brighton & Hove City Council [National Winner]
- Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council
- Falkirk Council
- Worcester City Council
- Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
- City and County of Swansea
Partner of the Year - Town & Parish Council
- Harling Parish Council [Winner]
- Llantwit Major Town Council
- Wingham Parish Council
Partner of the Year - 'Friends of' Group
- Friends of Hervey Road Sports Field [Winner]
- Friends of Coed Bach Park
- Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
- Wyndham Park Forum
supported by Groundwork
George Friend [Winner]
George initiated the refurbishment of the Aubrey Meads Play Area in Bristol. In 2011, aged 13, he wrote to the village magazine to express his concerns about the state of the space and after much hard work and local council involvement a new play area was opened in October 2014. George subsequently received a congratulatory message from the Duke of Cambridge. Attractive, fun and safe the Play Area is well-used by residents.
Joel is a striker for the senior club playing at Coed Bach Park in Swansea and finds the time to coach three junior teams. He has introduced new drills to training sessions and brings along senior players to help support the juniors. He also helps clean out the changing rooms, put nets up in the goals and tidies the store lock-up. Numbers are continually growing and the club now coach over 200 people.
Jillian Low [Winner]
Jillian decided to take action when her teenage son, a skater, had nowhere safe to practice his sport. She decided to bring together a mixture of wheeled sports enthusiasts to try to secure funding and land in order to build a dedicated facility. After successfully campaigning and gaining support from the local community a new skatepark officially opened in October 2014 offering a safe space for all. Read more about Jillian's achievements.
Vernon is the unsung hero of the long standing and high achieving group known as the 'Friends of Parc Williams'. He works tirelessly in the background in a very 'hands-on' approach and it would be fair to say that without his efforts, all the achievements that the group have managed for the park to date would not have been accomplished.
Thanks to Simon's efforts what had originally been planned as a refurbishment to two tennis courts turned into a rebuilding of the courts and adjacent basketball court. He worked tirelessly to research the project, secure thousands of pounds in external funding and find local companies and contractors to carry out the work. A programme of tennis coaching has since been established along with a not for profit management company.
Best Have a Field Day
Creech St Michael Recreation Park [Winner]
Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed a diverse range of activities including a petting zoo, miniature train rides, a tug of war, archery, football and much more. Live music provided entertainment for attendees and local community groups were all involved. Volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 70 all helped to make the day a success with plans already being made for next year’s event.
Live music, inflatable slides and birds of prey demonstrations were coupled with activities such as litter picks and ecology workshops to raise awareness of the park area and further educate all ages about the consequences of litter, vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area. Record numbers attended the park on the day with lasting benefits of the event including greater involvement of the local school with the park.
Gregson Lane Playing Field
Activities including bouncy castles, bungee jumps, crazy golf, face painting and a variety of stalls provided something for all ages and abilities with around 1,500 attending the event throughout the day. A scarecrow competition attracted nearly 50 entries with a team of volunteers working alongside support from local businesses and groups.
Best Have a Field Day
in conjunction with Festival of Rugby 2015
Caldecott Park [Winner]
Caldecott Park hosted a giant rugby ball sculpture inspired by the 'Proud Home of the Game' project. Volunteers from across Warwickshire spent weeks knitting squares that were put together during the Field Day event to 'yarn bomb' the over-sized rugby ball along with trees, benches, the bandstand, and even a passing dog! Designs included the flags from the competing nations and images of the town of Rugby.
A local tournament for all ages was attended by over 1,000 people and events taking place included a sack race, a rugby tournament and various face painting and poster painting activities. A large screen was provided so that visitors to the event could follow the World Cup matches on the three days of the event, with the Webb Ellis Cup having been on display in the park prior to the tournament.
Showcase Centenary Fields
Bentra Golf Course
From 1915 to 1917, Whitehead was home to the first military aviation facility in Ireland - one that played an important role in the First World War. Royal Naval Air Service airships based at Bentra patrolled the waters between Ireland and Scotland, combating the German U-Boat menace.
The site is next to the village cemetery that contains the grave of the only soldier from Corby's World War I casualties who was returned home to be buried in their local cemetery, and also the closest open space to the World War I Memorial.
The park was created following purchase by public subscription as a memorial to those lost in World War I. Harry Patch, 'The Last Standing Tommy' grew up on Combe Down and took part in the ceremony to unveil the war memorial on the field on 28 May 1921, which is recorded movingly in his memoirs.
At the end of World War II many residents of Llantwit Major gave a shilling towards the refurbishment of the War Memorial Cross. On completion there was money left over so it was decided to have Memorial Gates, made by the local RAF Station at St. Athan, to remember those who had lost their lives in both World Wars.
Stone Memorial Ground
This ground was opened in 1922, including the ornamented monumental gates, used as the village's War Memorial. The land was purchased with funds raised through local demonstrating the community's desire to see a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives.
The park was constructed as a memorial to the Great War and officially opened as Wyndham Park in 1924.
The North entrance to this former World War I airbase is via the War memorial, with its highly ornate metal gates and scrolled fencework framing the centre piece which is the War memorial structure.
UK's Best Park - as voted by YOU!
Telford Town Park [Winner]
It has recently been enhanced with lots of new play features as well as a sensory garden. The 450 acres are a fantastic mix of biodiversity and nature reserve as well as the more formal play areas and gardens. Something for everyone in other words.
Duthie Park in set in the heart of Aberdeen and is a hub of activity. Not only is it host to regular events for the city, but as the home of the Winter gardens, boating pond, vast green areas and the most outstanding kids play areas, this park is a great all rounder for a family day out.
Rated second best thing to do in Worcester by TripAdvisor, Gheluvelt Park is an Green Flag Award winning park with an interactive water feature, interpretation of World War I, play area surrounded by well maintained gardens and a natural area with exercise equipment, views of the River Severn and cafe.
- King George V Playing Field, Copthorne
- King George V Playing Field, Nailsworth