Council protected 27 sites with Fields in Trust in 2016
Ten awards announced at Fields in Trust Ceremony
Glasgow City Council has been recognised at the Fields in Trust Awards following a landmark protection which saw 27 of the city's sites protected under the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge. The Local Authority was named Fields in Trust Partner of the Year at a ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
The Partner of the Year Award recognises those organisations who have gone the extra mile over the last year to advocate the work of national charity Fields in Trust and to further its mission of ensuring 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.
Glasgow City Council was nominated for the Award after protecting 27 of its green spaces with Fields in Trust as part of a Commonwealth Games legacy. The sites protected cover some well-known parks in the city including Cathkin Braes, Rosshall Park and Glasgow Green but also include lesser known playing fields, parks and recreation grounds such as Riccarton Street Park in Govanhill, Binghams Pond off Great Western Road, Milton Park and Ashtree Park near Pollokshaws.
This landmark protection ensures Glasgow will continue to live up to its name, which literally translates as "Dear Green Space", for generations to come. Parks in 15 of the City's 21 wards are included in the protection.
Speaking at an event in Queens Park, to dedicate the 27 sites, leader of Glasgow City Council, Frank McAveety, said: "It's widely acknowledged that having access to outdoor space and undertaking some level of activity has numerous mental and physical benefits for individuals and families. We were delighted to take part in this scheme to guarantee areas for people to use and enjoy now and in the future."
Brian Samson, Chair of Fields in Trust Scotland, said: "Glasgow City Council are leading the way by protecting, forever such a significant proportion of its public green spaces with Fields in Trust.
"At a time when there is pressure on land for housing and commercial development we applaud the decision to safeguard recreational space for future generations and provide opportunities for families and the wider community of Glasgow to enjoy time outdoors. Access to parks and playgrounds contributes to physical health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion resulting in more active and longer, healthier lives."
Also shortlisted for the Fields in Trust Local Authority Partner of the Year Award were Braintree District Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Sheffield City Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Telford & Wrekin Council.
Fields in Trust Local Authority Partner of the Year was one of ten Awards given out at the Awards Ceremony. Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire was named UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016 following a public vote which saw over 10,000 votes cast for more than 200 local green spaces nominated by their users. Other Awards included Best Athletics Project on a Fields in Trust Site, supported by England Athletics and parkrun, Fields in Trust Young Champion, supported by Groundwork and Most Improved Fields in Trust Site.
The Fields in Trust Awards, now in their fifth year, are a celebration of the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- The Fields in Trust Partner of the Year Award recognises those organisations who have advocated the work of Fields in Trust over the last year. Six local authorities representing Scotland, Wales and four areas of England were shortlisted.
- The Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony took place on the evening of Wednesday 30th November at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The evening was hosted by BBC broadcaster Jill Douglas.
- Fields in Trust protect over 2,600 sites across the UK, covering over 30,000 acres.
- The Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge ran from 2012 and protected spaces in perpetuity in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
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.