Caerphilly County Borough Council won a prestigious Landowner of the Year Award at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November 2012.
The Awards celebrated the fantastic achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge headed by its Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Caerphilly County Borough Council was honoured for protecting more acres as part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge than any other UK landowner – an incredible total of 1139 acres. Other notable regional finalists included Perth and Kinross with 692 acres and Birmingham City Council with 430 acres.
Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an initiative to mark the great events of 2012: HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible, in perpetuity as a permanent, grassroots legacy in communities across the UK and has been generously supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: ‘We are so pleased by the commitment of Caerphilly County Borough Council to honouring Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the throne, through the dedication of the greatest number of acres of any other land owner in the United Kingdom. The range of benefits that these sites will bring, not just through the enjoyment and wellbeing of the thousands of people who will be getting out on to these Queen Elizabeth II Fields, but also the environmental benefits, so that wildlife and nature can flourish in the county borough, show a fantastic commitment of the Council to outdoor recreational spaces.’
Awards were also given in other categories including Getting Active on a QEII Field, Most Loved QEII Field, QEII Community Champion and Most Improved QEII Field.
Photos of the evening
Cllr David Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Caerphilly Council with Rhodri Edwards of Fields in Trust
Cllr David Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Caerphilly Council with Tim Smith, partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer