Fields in Trust works in partnership with landowners including local authorities, voluntary organisations and private landowners to protect land through a Deed of Dedication (or Minute of Agreement in Scotland) – a binding legal commitment with the landowner – which allows green spaces to be protected in perpetuity for current and future generations to enjoy.

Minimum Criteria
  • The Landowner of the space must complete the application form
  • Evidence of ownership, and where relevant freehold interest must be produced
  • The principal use should be outdoor sport, play or recreation. This can include buildings or facilities if the use is ancillary to the outdoor space
  • Spaces must have public access
  • Spaces should be accessible in terms of location and affordability for the local community
  • Spaces should have local managers who are responsible for the quality of the facilities, maintenance and development, improving participation and financial and operational sustainability
  • The Landowner must be able to sign the agreed Deed of Dedication within six months of submitting an application
Key documents required

To progress your application, we require office copy entries of the register of title (or for unregistered land, the root of title). Office copies must be dated within the last 12 months to represent the current standing of the land. For registered land, copies can be obtained from the Land Registry for a nominal charge.

We will also require a completed application form for the relevant protection programme.

Green Spaces for Good: Green spaces are good, do good and need to be protected for good

Active Spaces: Securing recreational spaces and supporting community activation


Next Steps

We will acknowledge your application within three working days. The Development Manager for your area will then be in contact to arrange a site visit and will support you through the rest of the process.

For any questions on the process please email