The Active Spaces programme will secure 50 new Fields in Trust protected sites across the UK and help increase participation in many different physical activities on local parks and green spaces which will be protected for future generations to use and enjoy. It focuses on creating activity projects to inspire the most inactive communities to get active and use their local parks and other green spaces. If a space is already protected with Fields in Trust it is not eligible for this programme.
Our research shows that parks and green spaces have an important role to play in supporting physical and mental health and wellbeing. Parks are often the settings for entry-level activity. Inactive people don't suddenly start playing sport in a formal setting, they walk, jog, cycle or play – and they need safe local green spaces to do this.
The Active Spaces programme combines the protection in perpetuity of green spaces, together with revenue funding to engage inactive people on those spaces. After each site is protected as an Active Space it will be offered delivery of a physical activity project on-site to the value of £5,000 to serve local needs and target identified groups of inactive people.
Active Spaces sites and projects will be selected following an assessment which will include impact potential and whether matched funding has been secured to increase project value. Projects will be subject to monitoring and evaluation reporting and will run during 2018. To find out more, please download our guidance notes and application form.
Green Spaces for Good: Green spaces are good, do good and need to be protected for good
Centenary Fields: Protected in memory of those who lost their lives in World War I
Have a Field Day: Host a party or a picnic in your park this July
Research: Revaluing parks and green spaces