The article by the BBC on outdoor recreational land being sold off in London.
"Parks, playing fields and allotments equivalent to the size of 67 football pitches have been sold by London councils over the last three years."
We were asked for our comment -
“There is finite provision of outdoor recreational space in this country, particularly in cities, with London a prime example. Given these statistics, it is vital that the future of the precious remaining spaces are assured for community use. The potential quick monetary fix which a disposal might provide should be resisted because these places have a value far higher than the price they command at sale, today or any day.
Although these statistics do paint a disheartening picture for those who live and work in London, there is one sure way to buck the trend. The more landowners that can be encouraged to sign up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, the more outdoor recreational spaces there will be for future generations to enjoy. So far we have protected 997 acres through this wonderful project for the Diamond Jubilee in London alone.”
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust