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CHAMPION: Saying thank you to our local parks and green spaces

30th June 2021

In our latest staff blog, our Chief Executive Helen Griffiths looks ahead to Thank You Day this weekend and reflects on the importance of our parks and green spaces during the pandemic.

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FIELDS IN TRUST: Latest Impact Report launched at Annual General Meeting

25th June 2021

The 2020 Fields in Trust Impact Report was launched at our AGM, which provided an opportunity to reflect on both the importance of local parks during 2020 and the contributions of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the charity.

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GUEST BLOG: How green spaces support our mental health

4th June 2021

In our latest guest blog, Shari McDaid, PhD, Head of Evidence and Impact at the Mental Health Foundation sets out the evidence behind the effects of nature on our mental health as well as addressing the current inequity of access to these benefits.

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POLICY: Green space not equally accessible to all, finds latest Green Space Index launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

27th May 2021

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched the latest Green Space Index, which reveals that our much loved local parks are not equally accessible to all.

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POLICY: Further 24 elected representatives returned on pledge to protect green spaces for good

10th May 2021

We're delighted that a further 24 elected representatives have joined the cohort of policymakers across the UK who have signed the Parks Protector Pledge.

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POLICY: Challenge your candidates to make a commitment to your local green spaces this election

19th April 2021

We are calling on candidates in May's Scottish Parliament, Welsh Senedd, London Assembly and Mayoral elections to demonstrate their support for green spaces by taking the Parks Protector Pledge.

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Remembering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

15th April 2021

Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, remembers HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and reflects on the lasting impact his work will have.

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

9th April 2021

Fields in Trust are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh aged 99. His Royal Highness actively served as our President for 64 years and we are indebted to him for his decades of support.

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Fields in Trust slam council plans for portable parks

1st April 2021

Fields in Trust are deeply concerned to learn of plans being developed by two local authorities to sell their portfolios of parks and green spaces and replace them with shared "portable parks"

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FIELDS IN TRUST: Senior Parliamentarian Clive Betts MP joins Trustee Board

30th March 2021

Sheffield South East MP, Clive Betts, has joined the Fields in Trust Council and will take on the voluntary Trustee role with immediate effect.

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CHAMPION: Seven ways our parks have been there for us; one year on from the start of lockdown

23rd March 2021

Never before have we appreciated the ability to visit the park quite so much as over the past twelve months. Here's a look at just seven of the ways our local green spaces have been there for us when we've needed them the most over the last 365 days.

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PROTECT: Liverpool City Council makes pioneering commitment to protect all parks and green spaces forever

19th March 2021

Liverpool City Council has made a first-of-its-kind commitment to protect all the city's parks and green spaces in perpetuity with Fields in Trust, ensuring they can never be sold off or build on.

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BOOK SHELF: Ten books featuring parks which celebrate the diverse literary contributions of our green spaces

4th March 2021

To mark World Book Day, here is a celebration of just ten of the many works that showcase everything we love about our local parks and green spaces.

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POLICY: A pandemic Budget light on green space

4th March 2021

In her latest blog, Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths reacts to the Chancellor's Budget 2021 statement and discusses what it means for parks and green spaces.

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BOOK SHELF: Stuart Maconie's The Nanny State Made Me

17th January 2021

In an extract from his latest book, "The Nanny State Made Me", writer, broadcaster and journalist Stuart Maconie celebrates Telford Town Park and the value it delivers for its regular users.

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CYMRU: Fields in Trust Cymru announce new committee Chair

7th January 2021

Fields in Trust have appointed a new Chair of the Fields in Trust Cymru Committee. Nicholas Cooke QC will take on the role with immediate effect and will also serve on the Fields in Trust Council as a Trustee.

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POLICY: Levelling-up playing fields, parks and green spaces across the UK

5th January 2021

In her latest blog Helen Griffiths discussions how the revaluing of local parks and green spaces and their protection in perpetuity can play a pivotal role in the government's levelling-up agenda.

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CHAMPION: Sharing the stories of spaces which have been #notjust a park in 2020

27th November 2020

In our latest staff blog Helen Griffiths introduces how we are collaborating with our good friends at parkrun to celebrate the many ways parks have been valuable to us this year and explore how they are #notjust green and pleasant nice-to-haves.

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GUEST BLOG: Supporting our mental health by noticing the nature around us

24th November 2020

Our latest guest blog welcomes Claudette Anderson from Go Jauntly, who shares how green spaces have been vital this year, the value of noticing nature and how the latest features in Go Jauntly can help us all to get that daily dose of green space.

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POLICY: Acting on the evidence

9th October 2020

In our latest blog Policy Manager, Alison McCann, looks at impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and explains how we are working to act on the evidence and protect parks and green spaces for good for the communities who need them the most.

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PROTECT: Dundee students raising funds to support protection of local spaces

1st October 2020

Work to protect parks and green spaces for good in Dundee received a boost recently thanks to the fundraising efforts of students at the city’s Morgan Academy.

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POLICY: People need parks

25th September 2020

Following the release of new research relating to parks and green spaces over recent days, in our latest blog Helen Griffiths gives her thoughts on the findings and reflects on the importance of acting on them now.

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Fields in Trust: Protecting Parks for 95 years

8th July 2020

8th July 2020 marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of Fields in Trust in 1925. It is clear that then, as now, parks and green spaces are to vital to our health and wellbeing and our collective recovery.

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GUEST BLOG: Can parks put equity at the core of our post-COVID recovery?

29th May 2020

Following the release of our 2020 Green Space Index findings, we're delighted to welcome a guest blog from Graham Duxbury.

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

28th May 2020

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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POLICY: Latest Green Space Index highlights importance of parks and green spaces

28th May 2020

Despite local green spaces being of such value to us all right now, the 2020 release of the Green Space Index finds that 2.7 million people across Great Britain do not have access to such a space within a ten-minute walk of where they live.

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POLICY: Levelling-up the playing fields - our response to the 2020 Budget statement

11th March 2020

Read Fields in Trust's response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's 2020 Budget statement.

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PROTECT: Scottish capital latest to boost local activity levels through Active Spaces

4th March 2020

Residents in Edinburgh are the latest to feel the benefits of Fields in Trust’s Active Spaces programme. Two green spaces have been protected in perpetuity by The City of Edinburgh Council under the scheme.

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CHAMPION: New partnership between The Co-op and Fields in Trust will help protect endangered spaces

26th February 2020

Fields in Trust is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Co-op which will result in the creation of original policy research into community access to parks and green spaces, and reflect clear synergies between the two organisations.

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PROTECT: Latest benefits of Active Spaces felt in Northern Ireland

20th February 2020

The latest benefits of Fields in Trust’s Active Spaces programme are being felt in Northern Ireland, following the opening of a new trim trail at The People’s Park in Ballymena.

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POLICY: Green Space Index shortlisted for industry award

14th February 2020

Fields in Trust's Green Space Index has been shortlisted in the Analytical Insights category at Esri UK's annual Customer Success Awards.

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PROTECT: Century of green spaces protected for good in 2019

24th December 2019

Over the course of 2019 our work has led to another 101 parks and green spaces across the UK gaining legal protection in perpetuity.

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POLICY: 21 MPs elected with pledge to protect parks

13th December 2019

The 2019 UK General Election has seen 21 candidates, representing five parties, who took our Parks Protector Pledge during the campaign returned as Members of Parliament.

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FIELDS IN TRUST: Welcome to our new Chair of Trustees

26th November 2019

The Trustees of Fields in Trust are delighted to announce the new chair of the Trustee Board is Jo Barnett, the Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving

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

6th September 2019

Our latest 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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. 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

Spotlight on 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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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: 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

Our latest guest blog welcomes Sarah Royal from the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, who shares her tips on establishing a Friends of group.

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PROTECT: 80 years on from the first King George’s Field

16th July 2018

Today, 16th July, marks the 80th anniversary of the legal protection of King George V Playing Field in Sonning, Berkshire, identified as "the first field" of the 471 contained within the Final Report of the King George's Fields Foundation.

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