The Centenary Fields programme ran until the end of 2018. Fields in Trust worked in partnership with The Royal British Legion to protect green spaces in memory of the millions who lost their lives during World War I.
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 map.
To mark the centenary of World War I, landowners across the UK were 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. The protection in perpetuity means these spaces will always remain as a living memorial to those who gave their lives during the conflict. Each protected space has its own unique story and link to World War I - some highlight the contribution of individual combatants, some feature memorials to the fallen, others served the war effort whilst some have contemporary resonance with communities acting now to remember the sacrifices of 100 years ago. The Centenary Fields Legacy campaign was delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion's 'Thank You' project.
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Many of the landowners with Centenary Fields featured as part of the Legacy held events at the space on their day. We told the story of these as the Centenary Fields Legacy spaces revealed themselves here.
The final week of Centenary Fields Legacy included spaces from each of the home nations
Discover the links spaces featured have to those from the Commonwealth who fought
Marking The Centenary:
Spaces across the UK will be holding remembrance events in the lead-up to Armistice Day
The thirteenth week featured spaces which are or include memorials to the fallen
Telling The Stories:
Jamie Grubb looks back on the campaign and reflects on some of the stories
All the stories from the twelfth week of the Centenary Fields Legacy campaign
Securing Memorial Spaces:
Angela Lewis discusses the importance of the Centenary Fields programme's work
A round-up of the seven spaces featuring during the eleventh week of Centenary Fields Legacy
The tenth week of Centenary Fields Legacy featured spaces which served the war effort
All the stories from the ninth week of the Centenary Fields Legacy campaign
Round-up of the spaces featured as Centenary Fields Legacy campaign reaches its mid-point
Kensington Memorial Park marks mid-point in Centenary Fields Legacy campaign
The seventh week of Centenary Fields Legacy featured spaces with stories of individuals
All the stories from the sixth week of the Centenary Fields Legacy campaign
A round-up of the seven spaces featuring during the fifth week of Centenary Fields Legacy
Take a look back on the spaces featured in the fourth week of Centenary Fields Legacy
The third week of Centenary Fields Legacy featured spaces with contemporary links
Our round-up of all the spaces featured during the second week of Centenary Fields Legacy
A look back on the spaces featured during the first week of Centenary Fields Legacy
Centenary Fields Legacy:
Angela Lewis introduces the campaign and what to expect over the coming weeks
To mark the final year of the World War I centenary, our partner The Royal British Legion invited 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 play a key role in making World War I relevant to today’s generation - fully embracing the spirit of the centenary year.
Find out more about the 'Thank You' campaign.
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