Twenty nine communities across Surrey are celebrating receiving a slice of nearly quarter of a million pounds in funding made available to outdoor spaces protected in the county thanks to charity Fields in Trust and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Awarded as Surrey Legacy grants to Queen Elizabeth II Fields, the funding has helped local communities to improve their local outdoor recreational spaces. Projects funded have included outdoor gym equipment; a natural play area and a new croquet lawn. Queen Elizabeth II Fields are sites that were safeguarded in perpetuity to create a grassroots legacy celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of 2012, through Fields in Trust’s flagship programme. The programme increased the number of outdoor recreational spaces protected by Fields in Trust by 125% in just three years.
Shere Tennis Club is one of the delighted recipients:
“Thank you very much for the funding made available through the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Fields in Trust, to provide a grant of £10,000 towards the cost of resurfacing our two courts. We are all absolutely thrilled”. Janet Garbutt, Secretary.
The support of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has led to Fields in Trust securing and improving over 105 sites across London and Surrey with a £1million legacy fund. For every £1 invested in through the London Marathon Charitable Trust Legacy Fund across Surrey and London, £3 has been leveraged from other sources to further improve the sites.
“I am delighted to see the range of projects and sites that will be secured and improved for local communities in Surrey as a result of our partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Their generous support has allowed us to reach out to protected sites in the county and help ensure that they will be fit for future generations to enjoy.We would like to thank Surrey PFA for their assistance in promoting the Surrey Legacy Fund to prospective applicants” Tim Phillips, Chairman, Fields in Trust.
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