Royal park gets visit by Duke and Duchess

Royal visit to Scottish protected park

TRH The Earl and Countess of Strathearn celebrate permanent protection of revamped gem MacRosty Park, Crieff


On Thursday 29 May The Earl and Countess of Strathearn are visiting flagship green space MacRosty Park in Crieff as part of a busy schedule across Perth and Kinross. During their visit the royal couple will unveil a heraldic plaque marking the permanent protection of the site through the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge, a programme run by UK wide charity Fields in Trust. The Earl of Strathearn took over the Presidency of Fields in Trust from his grandfather in 2013.

The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge aims to permanently protect outdoor recreational spaces across Scotland in commemoration of both Her Majesty’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic and Paralympic Games of the same year and the Commonwealth Games of 2014. All kinds of outdoor recreational space can be protected in perpetuity as a Queen Elizabeth Field and each protected site receives a plaque to mark its status as part of this programme.  

MacRosty Park was gifted to the local people in 1902 by James MacRosty. Following a £1.8 million regeneration project it has become a shining jewel in Crieff’s parks portfolio.  The Earl and Countess will visit the bandstand during their tour of the park, one of the site’s many historic features restored during the regeneration. MacRosty Park has enthusiastically embraced all that becoming a protected site means, holding a Have a Field Day in summer 2013 to showcase its value to the local community.

“Today’s visit is an important chance for TRH The Earl and Countess of Strathearn to see a wonderful example of the type of space Fields in Trust are protecting across Scotland through the Challenge. We are delighted to welcome them to MacRosty Park, a site which clearly means so much to the local community. Through Fields in Trust’s protection, we have been able to ensure that this park will always be available for the people of Crieff, remaining true to James MacRosty’s vision”, Helen Griffiths, Fields in Trust Chief Executive.

Perth & Kinross Provost Liz Grant said: I am delighted to welcome the Earl and Countess of Strathearn to MacRosty Park. It is a site that has been part of the local community for many years and thanks to the efforts of the Friends Groups and other funders we have been able to bring it back to looking its best. The designation of the park as a Field in Trust and having such prestigious guests visit it is a true tribute to the work of all involved.”




Notes to editors:

-          Fields in Trust is the operating name of the National Playing Fields Association


-          Fields in Trust is a national charity founded in 1925 to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK


-          HM The Queen has been Patron of Fields in Trust for 60 years; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was President for 64 years and succeeded by HRH The Earl of Strathearn in 2013. The Earl of STrathearn has also been the Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge


-          The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge operated across the UK during 2012 and 2013, but is only continuing in Scotland during 2014 to create grassroots legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


-          During the duration of the Challenge, Fields in Trust increased the number of sites they protected by over 120%.


-          All protected sites receive a heraldic plaque as well as access to funding streams leveraged only for protected sites.


-          Have a Field Day is Fields in Trust’s engagement programme, encouraging communities to get active on their Fields in Trust sites.



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For further information please contact:

Helen Griffiths, Fields in Trust on: or 020 7427 2110 / 07946 188 371

Kathryn Cook, Communications Manager Fields in Trust or 0207 427 2117; 07951 494 109