East Dunbartonshire Council is leading the way in Scotland by dedicating outdoor recreational space for permanent protection in memory of those who lost their lives during World War I.
In a ceremony on Monday November 9th Coronation Gardens, Lenzie and Allander Park, Milngavie were each dedicated as a Centenary Field.
Centenary Fields is a Fields in Trust national commemorative programme in partnership with poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion and is a unique way to commemorate the centenary of World War I.
It gives landowners such as East Dunbartonshire the opportunity to dedicate space to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during the conflict, but also to ensure that future generations have valuable green space to enjoy as a living legacy.
Centenary Fields protected through the programme can be war memorial parks or recreation grounds, memorial gardens, green spaces that contain war memorials or other significant places. Landowners across the UK are encouraged to take up this opportunity to mark the centenary whilst also improving the quality of life of local residents.
Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths comments “I congratulate East Dunbartonshire Council for protecting memorial spaces as Centenary Fields. This programme is a fitting way for us to mark the sacrifices made by so many in World War I whilst looking to the future through a living remembrance. We look forward to many more landowners following their lead.”