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HEALTH AND WELLBEING: The Summer I wasn't expecting

27th October 2019

In the latest in our series of staff blogs, Fields in Trust's Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, writes a personal account of how parks and green spaces have directly supported her well being over the summer.

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GUEST BLOG: Communities Taking Action

13th October 2019

Our latest guest blog welcomes Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, who discusses the importance of community action and introduces their latest report - Communities Taking Action.

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UK’S BEST PARK: Your votes crown the winner as Summer of Parks concludes

12th September 2019

Your votes have given Blackpool's Stanley Park the title of UK's Best Park 2019, in an announcement made as our Summer of Parks drew to a close.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: A park isn't just for summer

10th September 2019

You've been championing your local parks in record numbers this summer. If you enjoyed the Summer of Parks there's plenty of ways to stay involved.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: Reviewing the Summer of Parks 2019

9th September 2019

Our final Summer of Parks staff blog comes from Helen Griffiths, who looks back on a summer where we have explored our parks and green spaces, learned more about them and the people who love them and championed everything they bring us.

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PROTECTING OUR PARKS: A legal perspective on protecting parks and green spaces

8th September 2019

Our penultimate Summer of Parks staff blog comes from our Solicitor, Stanka Dimova, who shares a legal perspective on our work to protect green spaces for good.

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THE SHORTLIST: Stanley Park

8th September 2019

Find out more about Stanley Park, winner of England's Best Park 2019 and final name on the shortlist for UK's Best Park 2019.

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THE SHORTLIST: Pittencrieff Park

7th September 2019

Find out more about Pittencrieff Park, winner of Scotland's Best Park 2019 and third name on the shortlist for UK's Best Park 2019.

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THE SHORTLIST: Cyfarthfa Park

6th September 2019

Find out more about Cyfarthfa Park, winner of Wales' Best Park 2019 and second name on the shortlist for UK's Best Park 2019.

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PROTECTING OUR PARKS: Strategic protection of Glasgow’s Dear Green Space

6th September 2019

Our final Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Glasgow City Council and looks at how they used evidence to show them where they needed to act in protecting parks and green spaces for the benefit of the city's residents.

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THE SHORTLIST: Antrim Castle Gardens

5th September 2019

Find out more about Antrim Castle Gardens, winner of Northern Ireland's Best Park 2019 and first name on the shortlist for UK's Best Park 2019.

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PROTECTING OUR PARKS: What is Fields in Trust protection and what does it mean?

2nd September2019

Fields in Trust has been protecting recreational land ever since our founding in 1925. Just what do we mean when we say a space is 'protected' though? How can it be achieved? What does it do?

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING: Why it is worth placing a value on wellbeing?

1st September 2019

As our Summer of Parks discusses health and wellbeing, our latest staff blog comes from Policy Manager, Alison McCann, who discusses why calculating the wellbeing value contributed by parks and green spaces is a relevant and important number to know.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Your votes give eleven Scottish parks "Much Loved" status

31st August 2019

Find out which parks in Scotland have received "Much Loved" status thanks to your UK's Best Park votes.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING: Park activities to help you be more active a day at a time

31st August 2019

As our Summer of Parks week on health and wellbeing continues we suggest seven simple activities you can do at your local park to help you be more active.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Northern Ireland's Best Parks decided by your votes

30th August 2019

Your UK's Best Park votes have given "Much Loved" status to three parks in Northern Ireland.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING: St. Helens’ Sutton Park is an Active Space for the community

30th August 2019

This week's Summer of Parks spotlight shines of Sutton Park in St. Helens and how our Active Spaces programme has helped people improve their health and wellbeing in an area identified as having high levels of inactivity.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Celebrating Wales' Best Parks

29th August 2019

Find out which space joins the shortlist for UK's Best Park 2019 as the national winner in Wales.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Eleven parks in North West celebrated with "Much Loved" status

28th August 2019

Discover the eleven recipients of "Much Loved" status and the regional winner in the North West from UK's Best Park 2019.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING: Do you park the sunscreen?

27th August 2019

As our Summer of Parks discusses health and wellbeing we welcome a guest blog from Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund, who shares her top ten tips for protecting your skin whilst at the park.

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UK'S BEST PARK: The North East's "Much Loved" green spaces revealed

27th August 2019

Three parks in the North East have gained "Much Loved" status as a result of your UK's Best Park votes.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Your votes name Yorkshire and the Humber's Best Parks

26th August 2019

Your votes mean six parks in Yorkshire and the Humber have been awarded "Much Loved" status.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Four parks in East Midlands gain "Much Loved" status

25th August 2019

Find out which four parks in the East Midlands have gained "Much Loved" status thanks to your votes.

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UNIVERSALITY OF PARKS: Four generations enjoying Camperdown Country Park

25th August 2019

Our latest staff blog comes from Fields in Trust Scotland Manager, Colin Rennie, who shares stories of four generations of his family enjoying Dundee's Camperdown Country Park.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Celebrating "Much Loved" spaces in the West Midlands

24th August 2019

Discover the three recipients of "Much Loved" status and the regional winner in the West Midlands from UK's Best Park 2019.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Your Best Parks in the South West

23rd August 2019

Four parks in the South West have gained "Much Loved" status as a result of your votes.

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UNIVERSALITY OF PARKS: Diversity Park - a playground for children of all abilities

23rd August 2019

Our latest Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Diversity Park in Portstewart and showcases how they have created a play space that all children can enjoy.

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UK'S BEST PARK: South East's Best Parks as voted by you named

22nd August2019

Find out who you named as the Best Park in the South East as well as the region's other six "Much Loved" spaces.

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UK'S BEST PARK: "Much Loved" spaces in the capital as decided by your votes revealed

21st August 2019

Your votes have given "Much Loved" status to four parks and green spaces in the London region - discover those spaces and the regional winner.

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UK'S BEST PARK: Celebrating the East of England's Best Parks

20th August 2019

Discover the overall winner and recipients of "Much Loved" status in the East of England region in UK's Best Park 2019.

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UNIVERSALITY OF PARKS: Ten things to consider when reviewing your local park’s accessibility

20th August 2019

As our Summer of Parks discusses universality of parks we look at ten things to take into consideration to help a park be as accessible as it can be.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: Championing this year’s UK’s Best Parks

19th August 2019

You cast a stunning 36,832 votes for 364 nominated parks and green spaces. Discover when and how to find out the results from the UK's Best Park 2019 award.

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ORGANISED SPORT IN PARKS: Top tips for joining organised sport in your local park

18th August 2019

As our Summer of Parks week on organised sport in parks concludes we take a look at some tips if you're wanting to try out a new sport at your local park or green space.

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ORGANISED SPORT IN PARKS: What playing sport has given me

17th August 2019

As Summer of Parks discusses organised sport in parks, our latest staff blog comes from Fields in Trust Wales Manager, Rhodri Edwards, who discusses how playing rugby helped shape him as a person and still provides lasting benefits.

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ORGANISED SPORT IN PARKS: A long innings

16th August 2019

This week's Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Sherwood Cricket Club in Kent, who have used Fields in Trust protection to secure their home ground and ensure organised sporting activity in Rochester is safeguarded for future generations.

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ORGANISED SPORT IN PARKS: A to Z of organised sport in parks

12th August 2019

This week our Summer of Parks is discussing organised sport in parks and here we take a journey from A to Z through 26 sports you may find in your local park or green space.

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PARKS AND PLAY: Not all children experience the sort of outdoor play many of us took for granted

11th August 2019

We welcome a guest blog from Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive of Play Scotland and Fields in Trust Scotland Committee member, who discusses the importance of outdoor experiences for children's development.

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PARKS AND PLAY: Child’s play is a serious business

9th August 2019

Our latest Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Kay Park in Kilmarnock, highlighting the work they do year-round to encourage and champion play, including their annual Playday event.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: Celebrating how much we love our local parks

9th August 2019

With park lovers across the nation getting involved in our Summer of Parks in record numbers, we provide an update on UK's Best Park 2019 as voting enters the final ten days.

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PARKS AND PLAY: Play Must Stay

6th August 2019

We welcome to Summer of Parks a guest blog from Mark Hardy, Chairman of the Association of Play Industries, who reflects on the importance of play and shares their latest research findings.

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PARKS AND PLAY: Play Builds Children

5th August 2019

Our Summer of Parks discusses the importance of play for children and how we are putting it at the centre of our work.

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PARKS AND PLANNING: Effective campaigning through the planning consultation process

4th August 2019

A look ahead to our upcoming support resource, Watch This Space, and a focus on the case of how effective campaigning helped secure River Lane Sports Pitches in King's Lynn.

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PARKS AND PLANNING: Spotlight on Pentre Felindre urban village

2nd August2019

Our latest Summer of Parks spotlight shines on an example in south Wales, examining planning tools and legislation and considering how they can be applied to ensure new developments have sufficient parks and green spaces.

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PARKS AND PLANNING: Frequently asked questions on our Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play

29th July 2019

We've been advising on the amount of accessible public open space that should be provided for communities since 1927. Here we take a look at five of the most commonly asked questions we receive on our Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play.

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NATURE IN PARKS: Memories of discovering the natural world at the local park

28th July 2019

In our latest staff blog Terry Housden shares memories of how his local park helped him discover nature as a child.

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NATURE IN PARKS: A bee friendly Friends group

26th July 2019

Our latest Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Sandringham Park in Wetherby and the work they are doing to increase biodiversity at the park.

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NATURE IN PARKS: Green spaces on former industrial land providing a platform for nature

23rd July 2019

With London now the world's first National Park City, our Summer of Parks takes a look at four green spaces in the north of the capital which have been rewilded and transformed from industrial sites into havens for nature.

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NATURE IN PARKS: London becomes world’s first National Park City

22nd July2019

A look at the importance of nature in cities as London becomes the world's first National Park City.

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HERITAGE OF PARKS: Historical tour of Wales' urban parks

20th July 2019

Our latest guest blog welcomes Glynis Shaw, a Trustee of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, who takes us on a journey through the history of some notable urban parks and gives some tips on researching the history of your local park.

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HERITAGE OF PARKS: Spotlight on Cedars Park

19th July 2019

Our Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Cedars Park in Hertfordshire and its rich heritage.

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HERITAGE OF PARKS: A legacy of remembrance

16th July 2019

Ahead of the 100 year anniversary of Peace Day, a look at some of the stories and the legacy created by our Centenary Fields programme.

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HERITAGE OF PARKS: Travis Elborough's A Walk in the Park

15th July 2019

Travis Elborough's 'A Walk in the Park' provides a vibrant, loving history of our nation's parks and green spaces. With Summer of Parks this week looking at heritage and parks, here we publish the introduction to Travis's book

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SPORTING JOURNEYS: Memories of playing on local green space as a youngster

14th July 2019

Our latest staff blog comes from Jamie Leeson who reflects on memories playing sport on the green spaces of Coventry growing up and how it inspires his work protecting parks and green spaces today.

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SPORTING JOURNEYS: Spotlight on Cregagh Green

12th July 2019

Our Summer of Parks spotlight this week is Cregagh Green in Belfast, where George Best first kicked a football as a youngster and now protected in perpetuity as an Active Space.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: "A world of good"

8th July 2019

As our Summer of Parks continues we welcome a blog from Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP, who reflects on Have a Field Day, UK's Best Park and current developments within the parks and green spaces sector.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Valuing the work of Friends

7th July 2019

In our latest staff blog, David Sharman discusses the invaluable role that Friends of groups play in our nation's parks and green spaces.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Hosting Have a Field Days for communities

6th July 2019

On Have a Field Day today, around a fifth of the 250 plus events are being organised by Friends of groups - discover some of the ways groups across the UK are celebrating.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Spotlight on Friends of Newton Park

5th July 2019

This week our Summer of Parks shines the spotlight on the Friends of Newton Park in Trafford, Greater Manchester and how their efforts resulted in the park being protected in perpetuity.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Future Proof Parks

2nd July2019

Future Proof Parks is part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund "Kick the Dust" programme, which aims to get more young people interested and involved in preserving their local heritage.

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FRIENDS OF GROUPS: Top ten tips for establishing a group

1st July 2019

As our Summer of Parks this week champions the work being done by Friends groups across the country, our latest guest blog welcomes Sarah Royal from the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, who shares her tips on establishing a group.

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MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE: Enjoy your park, but take only memories and leave only footprints

30th June 2019

In our latest staff blog our Digital & Campaigns Officer, Jamie Grubb, takes a look at the impact of litter and how we can all make our parks and green spaces nicer places for everyone this summer.

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MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE: Spotlight on Trevor Hoyte

28th June 2019

In this week's spotlight we learn about Trevor Hoyte and his role in the maintenance and management of Rugby's parks for the benefit of the local community.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: Marking anniversaries and looking to the future

23rd June 2019

As we conclude our Summer of Parks week focused on celebrating local parks and green spaces it's all about anniversaries, with a number of parks toasting major birthdays at the moment.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: In conversation with Chris Worman MBE

22nd June2019

As part of our Summer of Parks week celebrating parks, we chat with green space professional Chris Worman MBE.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: Spotlight on Starbank Park

21st June 2019

As we celebrate parks and green spaces this week we turn the spotlight on Starbank Park in Edinburgh and the work of their active Friends of group.

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CELEBRATING PARKS: Parks in your pocket

18th June 2019

This week as we celebrate parks and green spaces we take a look at some app options to download to enhance your park experience.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Discussing guidance and support on obtaining funding

16th June 2019

In the third staff blog of our 'Summer of Parks' our Events & Membership Officer, Shannon Newton, discusses how Fields in Trust can offer guidance and support on obtaining funding for your local park or green space.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Six places to start your search for grant funding

15th June 2019

An area which is often very beneficial to parks and green spaces is grant funding. Here we outline six places to start your search.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Spotlight on Stradishall Parish Council

14th June 2019

As we discuss the funding of parks and green spaces this week we shine the spotlight on Stradishall Parish Council and their community fundraising efforts which led to their purchase of the local playing field.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: Five Top Tips For Crowdfunding

11th June 2019

Ian Goodman from MyParkScotland shares his five top tips for crowdfunding for your park or green space.

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FUNDING OF PARKS: A Royal Legacy

10th June 2019

As we start our 'Summer of Parks' week discussing funding of parks and green spaces, a look back on the contribution of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the 'Playing Fields Movement'.

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INFORMAL COMMUNITIES: Parks bringing people together

9th June 2019

In the second on this summer's staff blogs, Angela Lewis discusses how parks bring people together and create informal communities.

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INFORMAL COMMUNITIES: Eight ideas for your Have a Field Day

8th June 2019

Have a Field Day is about getting out and enjoying our local parks and green spaces. Here's eight ideas for your Have a Field Day that you can also get others involved with!

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INFORMAL COMMUNITIES: Spotlight on Norman McCarley and Brynmill Park

7th June 2019

As our Summer of Parks looks at at informal communities in parks and green spaces, we focus on one champion who has dedicated himself to bringing people together: Norman McCarley from the Friends of Brynmill Park in Swansea.

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PROVISION: The ten-minute walk and why it’s important

1st June 2019

One of five indices in our Green Space Index measures accessibility of parks and green spaces based on the number of people not living within a ten-minute walking distance. Why is it important to measure this, and why ten-minutes?

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PROVISION: Spotlight on Islington Borough Council

31st May 2019

An in depth look at provision in the London Borough of Islington and how they are working to protect their parks and green spaces for future generations.

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PROVISION: Compiling the Green Space Index

27th May 2019

In our latest staff blog our Digital & Campaigns Officer, Jamie Grubb, reflects on compiling the Green Space Index and looks ahead to its future.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: What does the evidence tell us and why does it matter?

25th May 2019

A review of the cross-cutting policy impact of parks and green spaces, as our Summer of Parks gets underway.

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SUMMER OF PARKS: Championing our green spaces this summer

24th May 2019

Between now and mid-September, we'll be celebrating everything that we all love about our local parks and green spaces, leading discussions on the issues affecting parks and giving you plenty of opportunities to get involved along the way.

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Durban groundsman goes the extra mile for Fields in Trust

24th April 2019

This Sunday four runners will line-up at the start of the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money towards Fields in Trust's work to protect, support and champion green spaces for good.

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Council plans for park booking system labelled a disgrace

1st April 2019

Fields in Trust have condemned plans by one local council to limit their residents' access to local parks by implementing a new booking system, allowing the sell-off of swathes of green space.

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PROTECT: Mid and East Antrim Borough Council securing spaces for future generations

27th March 2019

War Memorial Park in Ballymena has become the latest space in Mid and East Antrim to be protected in perpetuity with Fields in Trust. Nine parks and green spaces across the borough are now secured for future generations.

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PROTECT: 90 years working for Northern Ireland's green spaces

15th March 2019

Today marks 90 years of Fields in Trust’s work to protect, support and champion parks and green spaces in Northern Ireland. In the time since 29 spaces have been protected in perpetuity.

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COMMENT: Parks and Green Spaces - an invaluable asset?

18th February 2019

In the latest of our Fields in Trust staff blogs, Policy Manager Alison McCann responds to the announcement by Secretary of State, James Brokenshire MP of £13M in additional funding for parks and green spaces.

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A Look Back On 2018

30th December 2018

This has been a busy year for Fields in Trust and the parks and green spaces sector as a whole. Here we take a look back on some of the highlights and events of note from 2018.

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CHAMPION: One year in the life of the UK's Best Park

28th December 2018

In our first guest blog Elaine Smith MBE, Chairman of The Friends of Stanley Park and the Salisbury Woodland, discusses one year in the life of the UK's Best Park.

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POLICY: Valuation in Practice

7th December 2018

In the latest of our Fields in Trust staff blogs, Policy Manager Alison McCann reflects on our commissioned piece of research, Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, from earlier this year.

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PROTECT: Reflecting on Remembrance

18th November 2018

In our latest staff blog our Head of Programmes, Angela Lewis, looks back on the World War I commemorations and discusses the legacy our Centenary Fields programme is leaving.

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