Fields in Trust Awards

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Celebrating the contributions and achievements of our partners over the last 12 months

Each year, at the end of November, we come together to reward the efforts and achievements of the individuals and organisations who work to make the UK’s parks and green spaces the best they can be.

Fields in Trust 2017 Awards

This year, we’re once again holding our Fields in Trust Awards ceremony among the sparkling, sporting surroundings of the Lord’s Cricket Ground, with a new award for the ‘Friends Group of the Year’.

Meet the Winners

  • UK's Best Park

    Stanley Park, Blackpool

    Described by its nominator as “fabulous, with its art-deco café, boating lake, visitors’ centre, bandstand, beautiful gardens, mini golf and children’s area – the centre of Blackpool”.

  • Fields in Trust Young Champion

    Kimberley Mpukusa

    Kimberley’s tennis achievements, alongside the challenges she’s overcome in her life, have been inspirational. Volunteering at several parks, she’s significantly reduced the marginalisation of women and girls in deprived areas of Swansea.

  • Fields in TrustCommunity Champion

    Marc Ellul and Kazia Knight

    Marc is the chair of three Friends Groups, organising events and fundraisers to improve his local parks. Kazia’s been Chairwoman since Friends of Sandringham Park’s formation, and is the driving force for improvement and positive change.

  • Friends Group ofthe Year

    Friends of Angel Meadow

    Friends of Angel Meadow was formed in 2004 to campaign for the park’s regeneration, and since then has transformed the abandoned site into the green retreat it is today, amid the bustle of the city.

  • Best Have aField Day

    Stanley Park,Blackpool

    The day celebrated the park’s 90th Birthday, with a re-enactment of the original opening ceremony. Local schools depicted each decade since the park’s opening through costume, music and games with thousands turning up for the occasion.

  • Most ImprovedFields in Trust site

    Furness Vale

    Furness Vale was derelict and lacking any sports facilities. Now the field is transformed with a level surface for football, gym equipment, mosaic trail, table tennis, flowerbeds, benches, picnic tables, and a perimeter path.

  • Getting Active(Team Sports)

    Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club

    The club has more than 85 cricketers from age six upwards playing weekly throughout the year. They actively encourage junior girls and disabled cricketers and many junior players have reached Shropshire county level.

  • Getting Active(Individual Sports and Informal Activity)

    Telford TownPark Arena

    Telford Town Park Arena is home to a thriving parkrun, and with Energize (the County Sports Partnership) developed the "Go Wild Active Adventure", using technology to get more families active.

  • Best Play Initiativeon a Fields in Trust site

    Wingham Recreation Ground

    The Parish Council set out to provide play facilities for older children, after extensive consultation the site now boasts a MUGA for 5-a-side football and basketball, and an inclusive play area for younger children.

  • Partnersof the Year

    Belfast City Council &Alcester Town Council

    Belfast City Council are the only council in the UK to have embraced all of our protection programmes, protecting a King George V Field, a QEII, a Centenary Field and now an Active Space. Alcester Town Council, having acquired land from the local district council, have seen the importance of protecting it with Fields in Trust.

Centenary Fields Showcase sites

At the Fields in Trust Awards we showcased recently protected sites in our Centenary Fields programme We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Royal British Legion to deliver the programme, which aims to honour the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives in World War I. Next year, the programme will conclude as the nation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Fields in Trust 2018 Awards

We want you to get involved next year – so whether you’re interested in sponsorship, or looking to nominate your local park or community champion – please click the links below.

It was an inspirational evening, to see the work that is being undertaken all over the country to protect and improve recreation and leisure grounds for future generations to enjoy.

Sue Nelson, Shenstone Parish Council

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