On Thursday 25 September 2014, Brittons Playing Field and Park Lane Recreation Ground were officially given permanent protection for future generations to enjoy through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.
Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture & Community Engagement, marked the occasion by unveiling a heraldic plaque on each site.
Created uniquely for the Challenge, the heraldic plaques can be found on every site protected as a QEII Field.
Councillor Wallace said: “The people of Havering have shown time and again how important green space is to them when surveyed, and because of this, the parks are always given a high priority. We’ve worked hard to improve the standard of our parks. We have invested in the sites, our staff, equipment, facilities and management. The protection given to these sites through the QEII scheme has ensured they will be here in their entirety for many years to come and will continue to be used by the local community.”
Helen Griffiths, the Fields in Trust Chief Executive, said: “The Fields in Trust programme is one of legacy and celebration and we’re delighted that we are able to celebrate Brittons Playing Field and Park Lane Recreation Ground being protected forever through the Challenge. We feel the plaque is a delightful way to indicate the park is part of the Challenge, and will be a lasting monument to this council’s dedication to safeguarding outdoor recreational space.
“By protecting Brittons Playing Field and Park Lane Recreation Ground, Havering have shown they value the wellbeing and health of both this and future generations. We’re delighted that Havering have joined the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, safeguarding outdoor recreational space for their community to enjoy and use. We would like to thank them for celebrating their new status with this ceremony.”