Community group recognised for their work over the last year
Ten awards announced at Fields in Trust Ceremony
East Williamston Community and Hall Association has been recognised at the Fields in Trust Awards for their work at Jubilee Park and Nature Trail in Pembrokeshire. The group was named Fields in Trust Partner of the Year at a ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
The Partner of the Year Award recognises those organisations who have gone the extra mile over the last year to advocate the work of national charity Fields in Trust and to further its mission of ensuring everyone - young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live - should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.
Made up entirely of volunteers, the Association has worked tirelessly to convert 18 acres of farmland into a Green Flag Award public open space featuring naturalised meadows, parkland with a children's play area, woodland and wetland areas interlinked with wheel chair friendly footpaths.
The Association has regularly supported the work of Fields in Trust including holding events as part of the Have a Field Day programme.
Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said: "Fields in Trust are grateful for the support of 'Friends of' groups across the country who use protected sites. The Fields in Trust Awards help recognise the role that parks and other green spaces play in our communities, bringing people together and creating a safe outdoor environment that everyone should have access to no matter where they live. We believe that as a nation it is time to revalue these green spaces and consider the positive impact they have on our physical, mental and social health and well being and the savings to the public purse they represent in terms of preventative medicine.
"I thank East Williamston Community and Hall Association and all other shortlisted organisations for their work over the last year helping to ensure there will always be high quality green spaces for local communities to get outdoors and active."
Also shortlisted for the Fields in Trust 'Friends of' group Partner of the Year Award were Culpeper Community Garden in London and Goathland Community Hub and Sports Pavilion in North Yorkshire.
Fields in Trust 'Friends of' group Partner of the Year was one of ten Awards given out at the Awards Ceremony. Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire was named UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016 following a public vote which saw over 10,000 votes cast for more than 200 local green spaces nominated by their users. Other Awards included Best Athletics Project on a Fields in Trust Site, supported by England Athletics and parkrun, Fields in Trust Young Champion, supported by Groundwork and Most Improved Fields in Trust Site.
The Fields in Trust Awards, now in their fifth year, are a celebration of the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- The Fields in Trust Partner of the Year Award recognises those organisations who have advocated the work of Fields in Trust over the last year. Three 'Friends of' groups based on sites protected with Fields in Trust were shortlisted.
- The Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony took place on the evening of Wednesday 30th November at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The evening was hosted by BBC broadcaster Jill Douglas.
- Fields in Trust protect over 2,600 sites across the UK, covering over 30,000 acres.
- Jubilee Park and Nature Trail was protected with Fields in Trust in 2012 as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, which protected spaces in perpetuity in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
ABOUT FIELDS IN TRUST
Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.
Founded in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V, their mission is the same now and as it was then: to ensure that everyone - young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live - should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly continue to be threatened by all kinds of development.