Parks are good for people and for the planet. Proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; they are places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat loneliness and build community spirit.
But they are endangered. These parks and green spaces are under threat from financial and development pressures and it is up to all of us to stem this cycle of disappearance and decline.
Fields in Trust works in partnership with landowners to protect land through a Deed of Dedication (or Minute of Agreement in Scotland), a binding legal commitment with the landowner which secures spaces in perpetuity for current and future generations to enjoy. Whether you're a landowner or a park user there's plenty you can do to help protect green spaces for good.
If you own publicly accessible recreational green space then you can make a difference and create a legacy for current and future generations by protecting your green spaces for good. Once you get the ball rolling our team are here to support you every step of the way and if you need a bit more information before getting started you can find out more about what our protection is and what it does here.
Local parks and green spaces have been vital to communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Not just green patches but places for everyone to stay active, to unwind and have fun, to escape to nature, or to stay socially connected whilst physically distanced. Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, spoke to Jeremy Sallis recently about the increased importance of local green spaces and their protection.
Even if you don't own a park or green space, there's still plenty you can do to help protect green spaces for good. Get started by exploring which spaces nearby are already secured in perpetuity and by finding out more about what Fields in Trust protection is.
Find out which parks and green spaces near you are already protected by putting your postcode into our Fields Finder
What Is Protection?
Find out about what our protection is, how it works and what it means in practice for your local green space
We've been protecting recreational land since 1925 - learn more about some of our past protection programmes
It is up to all of us to watch over our precious local green spaces. Because once lost, a green space is lost forever. Watch This Space is our three-step resource for communities to champion and support their local green spaces and campaign to protect them with an easy-to-use guide to the planning system.