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POLICY: Green space does us the world of good

1st February 2023

In her latest blog, our Policy Manager, Alison McCann, reflects on recent news and the importance of prioritising green space provision for our communities.

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CHAMPION: Blackpool’s Stanley Park is a National Treasure

2nd September2022

The winner of England's Favourite Park 2022 was Blackpool's art deco Stanley Park, the third time it has won the national title for England and giving it the coveted status of an English National Treasure.

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CHAMPION: Your UK’s Favourite Parks 2022 revealed

29th August 2022

You voted for your UK's Favourite Parks in your tens of thousands and we're delighted to announce the winners.

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CHAMPION: Recognising five ways our UK's Favourite Parks nominees support our mental health

11th August 2022

In recognition of the important role of all our nation's parks for our final weekly update we are celebrating all 364 nominated parks and the ways they support our mental health.

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CHAMPION: UK's Favourite Parks nominees in the footsteps of Lionesses

4th August 2022

With just two weeks of voting for UK's Favourite Parks remaining time is running out to help a park you love be named amongst the nation's favourites.

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CHAMPION: UK's Favourite Park nominees making a move in the last seven days

28th July 2022

As voting reaches the half-way stage, here are the ten parks who've been making a move in the last week.

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CHAMPION: UK's Favourite Park nominees you're making a song about this week

21st July 2022

We put the spotlight on the ten UK's Favourite Parks nominees you've really been making a song about with your votes over the last seven days.

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POLICY: Levelling up access to parks to mitigate public health emergencies

18th July 2022

At the start of a week in which the value of our nation's parks will once again be in the spotlight our Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, writes about the importance of parks to support public health.

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CHAMPION: UK’s Favourite Parks 2022 'Fastest Starters' revealed

14th July 2022

You have already been voting in your thousands for parks across the UK which are close to your hearts. We can now reveal the ten parks who receive our first weekly recognition, as the 'fastest starters' in the public vote.

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CHAMPION: Voting now open to choose your favourite parks

7th July 2022

Earlier this summer we launched the search to find the UK's Favourite Parks. You nominated 364 parks across the country. Now is the time to find out which are the UK's favourites, as the public vote opens.

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CHAMPION: The search for the UK’s Favourite Parks returns

9th June 2022

The search for the UK's Favourite Parks is back this summer and we're calling on you to get nominating and help us shine a light on the green spaces that hold a special place in the nation's hearts.

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BLOG: Discussing the role of green space in levelling up policy

20th May 2022

This week has brought into focus the important role that parks have to play in the levelling up of all parts of the UK. Our Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, has reflected on events at which the multiple benefits of prioritising parks were discussed.

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POLICY: Green Space Index reveals importance of local parks for achieving Levelling-Up

18th May 2022

This year our annual Green Space Index analysis of the provision and distribution of parks and green spaces looks at the Government's flagship Levelling-Up agenda.

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POLICY: Stormont legislators join fellow representatives pledging for our green spaces

9th May 2022

Five candidates standing in last week's elections in Northern Ireland have been elected having taken our Parks Protector Pledge, growing the number of pledgers to 78 across the UK.

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BOOK SHELF: Pat Nevin's The Accidental Footballer

3rd March 2022

In this extract from "The Accidental Footballer", former Chelsea, Everton and Tranmere Rovers player Pat Nevin explains how important green space was to him as a youngster and how it kick-started his love for the game.

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POLICY: Putting levelling-up into practice for communities across the country

23rd September 2021

Following the launch of the No Places Left Behind Commission report, Helen Griffiths reflects on its findings and the challenges awaiting The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

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GUEST BLOG: "My new found appreciation for outdoor space": a London Marathon runners' story

16th September 2021

Libby Smith is taking part in next month's Virgin Money London Marathon to support the work of Fields in Trust. Libby shares the importance of green spaces to her and why she is taking on the world's greatest marathon to protect their benefits.

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

4th March 2021

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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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BOOK SHELF: 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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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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