Basic criteria for protecting a field or park - Fields in Trust

Basic Criteria

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Basic Criteria

Fields in Trust has been in the business of providing legal protection for playing fields, play space, recreation grounds, nature reserves and other open spaces since its formation as the National Playing Fields Association in 1925. We currently protect over 2,500 public recreational spaces through legally binding agreements for the long term.

For more information about the protection we offer please refer to our 'How to secure?' page, contact us by phone on 020 7427 2110 or email


Minimum Criteria

  • The Landowner of the site must complete the application form
  • Evidence of ownership, and where relevant freehold interest must be produced
  • The principal use should be outdoor sport, play or recreation. This can include buildings or facilities if the use is ancillary to the outdoor space
  • Sites must have public access
  • Sites should be accessible in terms of location and affordability for the local community
  • Sites should have local managers who are responsible for the quality of the facilities, maintenance and development, improving participation and financial and operational sustainability
  • Sports clubs with open membership or registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) are eligible


Key documents required

In order to progress your application we require office copy entries of the register of title, (or for unregistered land, the root of title). These must be dated within the last 12 months to represent the current standing of the land. For registered land, copies can be obtained from your respective Land Registry for a nominal charge.


Next Steps

To apply for protection of your site, please complete the Field Protection Application Form and return it by email to or post to Fields in Trust, Unit 2D Woodstock Studios, 36 Woodstock Grove, London W12 8LE.

We will acknowledge your application within three working days. The Development Manager for your area will then be in contact to arrange a site visit and support you through the rest of the process.