AWARDS: Shortlists announced for 2016 Fields in Trust Awards

AWARDS: Shortlists announced for 2016 Fields in Trust Awards

The shortlists for this year's Fields in Trust Awards have now been announced, with the winners due to be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on 30th November. Nominations were invited for seven categories which will be awarded on the evening, with a judging panel of industry experts whittling all the nominations received down to shortlists for each Award. The UK’s Best Park Award was nominated and voted for by the general public.

The ceremony will be held once again this year at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. All those shortlisted have been invited to attend and the winners will be announced on Twitter, @FieldsInTrust, as they are revealed on the night.

The Most Improved Fields in Trust site Award considers how sites have made improvements over the last 18 months to two years including how volunteers and the local community were involved and the impact of the improvements. The shortlist comprises:

  • Centenary Park, Warwickshire
  • Jenner Park, Vale of Glamorgan
  • King George V Playing Field, Barford, Warwickshire

Getting Active on a Fields in Trust site is for those who have worked to increase participation in sport or physical activity over the last year or so on their site. The shortlist comprises:

  • Beaversfield Park, Hounslow
  • Brynmill Park, Swansea
  • Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club, Shropshire
  • Witton Park, Lancashire

Hundreds of Have a Field Day events took place across the country in 2016, the Best Have a Field Day Award recognises the amazing range of activities and events that took place. The shortlist comprises:

  • King George V Playing Field, Copthorne, Surrey
  • Gregson Lane Playing Field
  • King George V Playing Field, Barford, Warwickshire

The Fields in Trust Community Champion Award is for those who embrace the work of Fields in Trust, either within their own organisation, or who have been a great advocate for the work of Fields in Trust with organisations other than their own. The shortlist comprises:

  • Elaine Kite & Anne Slough, Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets
  • Julie Norman, QEII Park View, Lancashire
  • Roger Thomas, Loughor Rovers AFC, Parc Williams, Swansea
  • Peter Watts, Modbury Association of Recreation & Sport, Devon

The Fields in Trust Young Champion Award, supported by Groundwork, is open to those aged between 16 and 24 who have encouraged more activities on a green space through events, coaching, improved provision of facilities or increased usage on the site. The shortlist comprises:

  • Toni Dixon, North West Kent Countryside Partnership
  • Harry Johnson, Groundwork East
  • Adam Thomas, Swansea Sport & Health Team

The Best Play Initiative on a Fields in Trust site Award is for those sites who promote play as a focus for their work. This could be about encouraging more play on the site through events or new activities. The shortlist comprises:

  • Kay Park, East Ayrshire
  • Maesteg Park, Swansea

The Best Athletics Project on a Fields in Trust site Award is supported by England Athletics and parkrun and recognises how participation in running/athletics has been increased over the last year on sites. The shortlist comprises:

  • East Harling Recreation Ground, Norfolk
  • Hilly Fields, Essex
  • Witton Park, Lancashire

The UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award saw 214 local green spaces across the UK nominated by the general public before a public vote to find the winner. Over 10,000 votes were cast with the parks to receive the highest number of votes in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland shortlisted:

  • Castle Gardens, Co. Antrim
  • Pontypool Park, Torfaen
  • Preston Park Rockery, East Sussex
  • Rouken Glen Park, East Renfrewshire

In addition to the above Awards, Fields in Trust will also recognise its Partners of the Year and showcase eight newly protected Centenary Fields from across the UK at the Ceremony.

View details of the winners from the 2015 ceremony along with a gallery from the evening.