City of Edinburgh Council won a prestigious Landowner of the Year Award at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November 2012.
The Awards celebrated the fantastic achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge headed by its Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
City of Edinburgh Council was honoured for protecting more sites as part of The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge than any other UK landowner – an incredible total of 28 sites. Other notable regional finalists included Shropshire Council with 23 sites and Eastbourne Borough Council with 20 sites.
Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge is an initiative to mark the great events of 2012: HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible in perpetuity as a permanent, grassroots legacy in communities across the UK and has been generously supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: ‘Fields in Trust is thrilled by the number, the colourful range and broad geographical spread of the Queen Elizabeth Fields in Edinburgh – every inhabitant and visitor to this great city will have somewhere to go near to where they are for their enjoyment and relaxation. We are delighted by the commitment of the City Council to the wellbeing of all the communities in the city.’
Awards were also given in other categories including Getting Active on a QEII Field, Most Loved QEII Field, QEII Community Champion and Most Improved QEII Field.
Photos of the evening
City of Edinburgh Council Wins Fields in Trust Landowner of the Year Award