Fields in Trust, has announced the winners of its 2015 Awards. Hosted by BBC sports and news broadcaster Ore Oduba at Lords Cricket Ground, the Awards celebrate the achievements of Fields in Trust and its partners, who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space.
A public vote, "UK's Best Park as Voted by You!" saw Telford Town Park, Shropshire top the poll of 122 nominated parks, playing fields and recreation grounds across the UK. Other two shortlisted parks were Duthie Park in Aberdeen and Gheluvelt Park in Worcester, runners up in a close fought contest that saw around 8,500 votes cast in total.
In addition Fields in Trust awards were presented in several categories with the winners selected by a judging panel including representatives from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Green Flag Awards, Join In, Sport England, Sport Wales and sportscotland. The award winners are:
- Most Improved site - Little Aston Recreation Ground, West Midlands
- Getting Active on a Fields in Trust Field – Coed Bach Park, Swansea
- Best Play Initiative on a Fields in Trust Field - King George V Field, Amersham
- Best 'Have a Field Day' – Creech St Michael, Taunton
- Best 'Have a Field Day' in conjunction with Festival of Rugby 2015 – Caldecott Park, Rugby
- Partner of the Year (Local Authority) – Brighton And Hove Council
- Partner of the Year (Town & Parish Council) – Harling Parish Council, Norwich
- Partner of the Year (Friends Group) – Friends of Hervey Road Sports Field, Greenwich
Awards were made to two individuals who have made remarkable contributions to their local outdoor spaces:
Fields in Trust Community Champion – Jillian Low of Arbroath Skatepark Project
- Jillian decided to take action when her teenage son, a skater, had nowhere safe to practice his sport. She decided to bring together a mixture of wheeled sports enthusiasts to try to secure funding and land in order to build a dedicated facility. After successfully campaigning and gaining support from the local community a new skatepark officially opened in October 2014 offering a safe space for all.
Fields In Trust Young Champion – George Friend, Aubrey Meads, Bristol
- George initiated the refurbishment of the Aubrey Meads Play Area in Bristol. In 2011, aged 13, he wrote to the village magazine to express his concerns about the state of the space and after much hard work and local council involvement a new play area was opened in October 2014. George subsequently received a congratulatory message from the Duke of Cambridge. Attractive, fun and safe the Play Area is well-used by residents.
In addition to these categories and to mark Fields in Trust’s 90th Year, a special award in celebration of the King George V Fields, established in memory of our Founder, two winning sites were each selected to receive £45,000, to provide improvements to their sites. Nailsworth Town Council and Worth Parish Council.
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: "We have been overwhelmed by the response to our new 'UK's Best Park' award, both with the number of nominations we received and the number of votes cast. What it tells us is that people really do care about their local parks and they are passionate about what they are used for. Our recent research revealed that 95% of people believe that parks and play areas should be protected from development.
"Overall our awards celebrate the important role played by individuals, landowners, local authorities, and many others, in protecting outdoor space. Some inspiring examples of work has been highlighted and we are delighted to reward these remarkable efforts."
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