Shortlist for 2013 Fields in Trust Awards Dinner

Awards 2013 shortlist announced

Shortlist announced for Fields in Trust Awards 2013 from over 100 inspiring stories

The shortlisted entries for the Fields in Trust Awards 2013 have been unveiled. The winners in each category will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 28th November at Lord’s Cricket Ground, hosted by ex-England footballer Graeme Le Saux.
A year of hard work and enthusiasm by local communities for their Fields in Trust protected sites is revealed by the nominations of the shortlisted entries. They include Friends of Walkers Heath in Birmingham in the running for Partner of the Year, and McKane Park in Scotland, shortlisted for Getting Active. 
Over 100 nominations were received by Fields in Trust for the Awards this year, from landowners to parish councils, local volunteers to sports club trustees. 

Run for the first time last year, the Fields in Trust Awards showcase and celebrate the organisations and individuals that have most fully engaged with the concepts of Fields in Trust. This includes landowners who have protected sites and promoted the benefits of their protection, the Have a Field Day that has brought the community together most effectively to have fun on their protected field and the committees that have worked the hardest to make their protected site the best it can be. The awards are open to all the 2000+ sites that Fields in Trust protect across the UK. For 2013 the Community Champion Award was open to the public, to nominate the person they think does the most to promote and improve their protected open spaces. 

The Awards are a fantastic way to hear the inspiring stories of those who work hard to ensure their communities have protected outdoor recreational space, and to make the most of those spaces. It gives us, and the wider world, the opportunity to celebrate the individuals and organisations behind these stories, and to thank them,” Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust. 

Best Have a Field Day  
Burwell Recreation Ground Oxfordshire
King George V Playing Fields Scotland
Kay Park Scotland
Best Have a Field Day with Join In  
Down Lane Park London
Queensgate Park Yorkshire
Telford Town Park Arena Shropshire
Getting Active  
McKane Park Scotland
Parc Williams Wales
QEII Playing Fields Gloucestershire
Most Improved QEII Field  
Guston Green Kent
QEII Park View Playing Fields Lancashire
Prees Cricket and Recreation Club Shropshire
Inclusion Award  
Baschurch Playground Shropshire
Lancaster Avenue Playing Field Kent
Jubilee Playing Field Gloucestershire
Love Your Field  
Bishop Monkton Village Hall & Playing Fields Yorkshire
King Henry's Walk Adventure Playground Greater London
Wedmore Playing Fields Somerset
Partner of the Year (Local Authority)  
Wolverhampton Council West Midlands
Allerdale Borough Council Cumbria
Perth and Kinross Perth and Kinross
Islington Council Greater London
Flintshire County Council Flintshire
Partner of the Year - Parish & Town Council  
Glen Parva Parish Council Leicestershire
Bottesford Town Council Lincolnshire
Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council  Kent
Rogerstone Community Council Gwent
Partner of the Year - Other  
Friends of Walkers Heath West Midlands
The Green and Marketplace Charity North Lincolnshire
Kent County Cricket Board Kent
Thomas Close Play Area Anglesey
Fields in Trust Community Champion  
Kate Dunbar Norfolk
Lea Anne Wright Yorkshire
Dorothy Scherrer Scotland
Tracey Creed Kent
Eileen Bartlett Swansea

We are immensely proud to have achieved this award. In our borough we are blessed with a beautiful variety of outdoors spaces and we, as a council, are committed to preserving, maintaining and enhancing these spaces for our residents and future generations to enjoy”, Cllr. David Poole, Cabinet Member, Caerphilly Borough Council, 2012 Winner. 

We in Ashton Hayes are thrilled to have won this prestigious award.  We are also grateful to Fields in Trust for having us as part of the QEII scheme.  The long term protection for our field provided by the scheme gave confidence to our partners and funders and played a key part in developing the momentum for the project." Ashton Hayes, Winners of Most Improve QEII Field in 2012.


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Notes to editors:

- Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V as the National Playing Fields Association

- Fields in Trust is the only national charity safeguarding and improving outdoor recreational space across the UK 

- We currently protect 2,500 fields. We also provide funding and advice for these fields

- During 2012 we ran the QEII Fields Challenge, building a grassroots legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. 

- Following 63 years with The Duke of Edinburgh as our President, he stepped aside to allow The Duke of Cambridge to take on the role.

- The Duke of Cambridge had previously been Patron of the QEII Fields Challenge.

- The Queen has been Patron of Fields in Trust for over 60 years.