A green space in Ely, Cardiff has become the latest site dedicated as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, demonstrating Cardiff Council’s commitment to the protection of public open space.
The area adjacent to Hwyel Dda School was one of seven green spaces in Cardiff protected forever by a Deed of Dedication with Fields in Trust, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and as a legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
The council has undertaken significant works in order to bring what is a former school playing field into use for the local community to enjoy.
As part of the opening a ceremony was held, attended by Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, and Mark Drakeford, AM for Cardiff West, with the dedication marked by the planting of a tree and the siting of a plaque supplied by Fields in Trust.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, said: "This green space will be a valuable asset for the community to enjoy and I'm pleased that the council has been able to provide and protect it for current and future generations."
The Deed of Dedication means that any plans to develop or dispose of it require the consent of Fields in Trust.
Fields in Trust Cymru Manager, Rhodri Edwards, said: "We are delighted that Cardiff Council has shown how much they value this green space by protecting it forever with Fields in Trust. Community green spaces such as this play such a vital role in maintaining a high quality of life for those who use them."
Hwyel Dda Open Space is one of seven sites in Cardiff protected with Fields in Trust under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Other protected sites include:
Pictured above, left to right, are: Jonathan Gagg, Park Services, City of Cardiff Council - Kevin Brennan MP - Cllr Jim Murphy - Cllr Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member for Environment - Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government - Rhodri Edwards, Fields in Trust Cymru
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.