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Fields in Trust works hard at a national level to ensure the value of our local green spaces is recognised by legislators and policymakers across the UK. We have a strong track record of successful campaigning

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General Election 2017 - A Manifesto for Parks

Ahead of the 2017 UK General Election, Fields in Trust published our Manifesto for Parks, championing green spaces and raising awareness of the positive impact they have on communities. The Manifesto set out four policy "green lines" - Championing our Parks, Supporting our Communities, Activating our Nation and Protecting our Green Future.

  • Download and read our Manifesto for Parks
  • Download and print our doorstep card, which provided four questions voters could ask canvassers about their local parks and green spaces



CLG Committee Public Parks Inquiry

CLG Committee Public Parks InquiryFields in Trust submitted evidence to the 2016 Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Committee's Public Parks Inquiry. In summary our submission called for a change the way public green space is conceived, not as a drain on spending that requires a considerable amount of money to maintain - but rather as an asset which can be deployed to achieve longer term savings and happier healthier more connected communities.



Fields in Trust Literature Review

To coincide with our submission to the Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry, we published a literature review to bring together findings and insights from academic research, strategy documents and public statistics related to Fields in Trust's work and areas of interest.



Policy Responses and Comment

Read our responses to a selection of recent policy issues:




We publish research and policy guidance on a range of issues.

  • Our report found the creation of a new public park on derelict land in Newbold, Rugby has resulted in local residents feeling healthier, happier and becoming more active.
  • Our recently published research into use of playing fields and parks has revealed that nearly one in five people (16 per cent) say that their local park or green space is currently or has previously been under threat of being lost or built on.



Welsh Assembly Elections 2016

In the lead up to the Welsh Assembly elections in 2016 Fields in Trust prepared an outline manifesto for Playing Fields in Wales:



Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

Fields in Trust is signed up as a signatory to the Sport and Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter. The Charter is open to any organisation that is promoting positive mental health through physical activity, this could be through projects and research as well as internal policies which encourage staff to be active. The Sport and Recreation Alliance, alongside the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and with support from the mental health charity Mind, launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation in March 2015. Since its inception in 2015 over 250 organisations are now signed-up to the Charter and using the power of sport and physical activity to promote mental wellbeing.