Fields in Trust, the national charity which protects playing fields and outdoor recreation areas from building development, has announced the launch of a new £750,000 fund financed by SITA Trust to provide improvement grants to outdoor recreational spaces.
All outdoor recreations areas, from woodland walks to bmx trails, parks to playgrounds, if they are protected as QEII Fields can apply for up to £25,000 each from SITA Trust through this additional funding. This latest fund follows on from the £1 million generously allocated through SITA Trust to Queen Elizabeth II Fields in 2012.
With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, and the support of principal partner Asda, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a living legacy programme to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Landowners across the UK have nominated outdoor recreational spaces for permanent protection through the Challenge, dedicating them as QEII Fields.
"Following the very successful partnership in 2012 between SITA Trust and Fields in Trust, in which 52 QEII Fields received funding of £1 million from SITA Trust to improve facilities at their sites, SITA Trust is delighted to announce that it is making available an additional £750,000. This funding will allow those QEII sites that were unable to apply for funds last year, to apply for up to £25,000 for the support of projects that will improve their fields. Last year's fund proved to be a great success with some great projects supported, I have no doubt that the same will be true this year." Marek Gordon, Chair, SITA Trust
"Protecting outdoor recreational spaces across the UK, the Challenge gives local communities the chance to engage with 2012’s two historic events.
"We are thrilled to announce funding from the SITA Trust for the second year running. It was a hugely popular fund last year and this is a fantastic chance for QEII Fields to apply for a substantial grant to improve their facilities," Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust.