Fields in Trust announces change of president
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FIELDS IN TRUST ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AS PRESIDENT AND SUCCESSION OF THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE

After 64 years His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is to retire as President of Fields in Trust, the working name of The National Playing Fields Association.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to succeed his grandfather as President.

Fields in Trust, the working name of The National Playing Fields Association, announces that, after 64 years, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is to retire as President.  During this time, despite the continuing pressure to dispose of playing fields, the number of fields protected by Fields in Trust has grown from 430 sites covering 3,300 acres to 2,871 sites covering 28,865 acres.  This could not have been done without the support and help of His Royal Highness.  As with any organisation there have been difficult periods but His Royal Highness, with his unique knowledge of the organisation, has always been there to help and assist in many different ways: not least his valuable and constructive ideas which will be missed more than anything else.

Fields in Trust owes an enormous debt to His Royal Highness and it is very difficult to express properly the sense of gratitude and appreciation for all that His Royal Highness has done for the charity.  Without his help and contribution the organisation could not have achieved what it has done if, indeed, it still existed as an independent charity.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of Cambridge engaged in their support of FIT

Whilst it is with huge regret that Fields in Trust is announcing the resignation of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh it is with enormous pleasure that Fields in Trust announces that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is honouring the charity by agreeing to succeed his grandfather as President.  The Duke of Cambridge was Patron of the very successful Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during which both he and the Duchess of Cambridge ensured the success of this Appeal by giving so much of their time both, by promoting the Appeal and, visiting fields around the country.


Notes to Editors:

-    Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V as the National Playing Fields Association
-    Fields in Trust works to safeguard and improve outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations

For further information please use the following contacts:

Queries relating to The Duke of Edinburgh:
Meryl Walter, Buckingham Palace Press Office, Tel: 0207 930 4832
Queries relating to The Duke of Cambridge:
Katrina McKeever, St James’s Palace Press Office Tel: 020 7930 4832
Queries relating to Fields in Trust

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust 0207 427 2112 / 07946 188 371