Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion the programme aims to protect parks, playing fields and other recreational spaces in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in World War I.
Landowners across the UK are encouraged to dedicate war memorial playing fields and recreation grounds, memorial gardens, parks or recreation grounds that contain a war memorial and other valued green spaces that have some significance to World War I as Centenary Fields.
By dedicating land through the Centenary Fields programme local authorities and other landowners can ensure valuable green space is protected as a living remembrance to those who fought and lost their lives in World War I. This dedication is aligned with the spirit of the Armed Forces Community Covenant and will be recognised by the local community as a clear commitment to the importance of these spaces now and in the future.
Countless sports clubs stopped play during World War I as players and entire teams went to the front line. By working with sports clubs that are more than 100 years old we want to recognise the sacrifice made by so many by protecting these sports grounds. Sports clubs must own their ground or have a minimum 99-year lease to be eligible to apply.
To mark the conclusion of Centenary Fields we showcased one space protected under the programme each day from Wednesday 8th August, a century on from the start of The 100 Days Offensive, through to Sunday 11th November. Discover the stories the campaign has told by exploring the interactive Centenary Fields Legacy map.
To mark the final year of the World War I centenary, our partner The Royal British Legion is inviting everyone to take part in a movement to say 'Thank You' to the generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. The Centenary Fields form a vital part of local heritage and are playing a key role in making World War I relevant to today’s generation - fully embracing the spirit of this centenary year.
We encourage all our communities to organise Thank You events on Centenary Fields this year. Find out more about how you can get involved.
If you are planning any sort of community event on your Centenary Field we can send you a special Centenary Field Day event pack. Contents include t-shirts, medals, poppy seeds and posters as well as a wealth of ideas for activities that people would have participated in at their local park 100 years ago.
Bring your local community together to commemorate and remember the sacrifices of local people during World War I and celebrate the fact that your local green space is now protected forever. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details, date of the event and the address you would like your event pack to be sent to. We look forward to seeing the photos!
Frequently Asked Questions: Your questions about the programme answered
How to Protect: Find out the protection process and about our Deed of Dedication
Protection Criteria: What criteria does a site need to meet to be eligible for Centenary Fields
Application Form: Begin the protection process with the application form