Telford and Wrekin council are blazing a trail across the West Midlands: the first council in the region to dedicate outdoor recreational space for permanent protection as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. 150 hectares of striking parkland, providing high quality open space will be saved for future sports and play for the people of Telford.
Landowners across the country are encouraged to play their part in preserving outdoor space by Fields in Trust. With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge aims to protect 2,012 open play spaces to create a tangible legacy for the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The dedication will also provide communities across the country with a way to engage with the two historic events.
“I congratulate Telford and Wrekin Council for being the first of what I hope will be many others in the West Midlands to sign up to the Fields Challenge as part of this national tribute to Her Majesty. Physical activity is of obvious importance to the health of our communities and this scheme enables people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of long-term protection for recreational spaces,” Lord-Lieutenant Algernon Heber-Percy and The Queen’s representative in the County, said.
“Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health of our communities and I am delighted that Telford and Wrekin Council are leading the way. By protecting this area under the QEII Fields Challenge, the Council has shown how much they value their community and its future,” Alison Moore-Gwynn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.
“I am extremely proud that we are the first Council in the West Midlands to be awarded this unique status. It enables us to protect the Town Park Arena for future generations,” said Telford & Wrekin Council leader Kuldip Sahota. “Together with our partners, the council is investing more than £3m to improve the conservation and preservation of the cherished green space at Telford Town Park.”
“This will improve the visitor experience for all ages and abilities and result in the Park becoming one of the best of its kind in the area,” said Councillor Arnold England, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure and Wellbeing. “This dedication will be a permanent reminder for the town of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.”
See the site on the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge website.