Shortlists announced for Fields in Trust Awards

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The shortlists for this year's Fields in Trust Awards have been revealed, with the winners due to be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 29th November.

Left: Roath Park, Cardiff and right: Stanley Park, Lancashire

Nominations were invited for eight categories which will be awarded on the evening, with a judging panel of industry experts whittling all the nominations received down to shortlists for each Award. The UK's Best Park Award was nominated and voted for by the general public.

The ceremony will be held once again this year at Lord's Cricket Ground. All those shortlisted will be invited to attend and the winners will be announced on Twitter, @FieldsInTrust, as they are revealed on the night.

The UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award saw 360 local green spaces across the UK nominated by members of the public before a public vote to find the winner with over 15,000 votes cast. The shortlist comprises:

  • Craigavon City Park, County Armagh
  • Roath Park, Cardiff
  • Rouken Glen Park, East Renfrewshire
  • Stanley Park, Lancashire

The Friends Group of the Year Award recognises the groups who work to make their green space an amazing part of their community, being inclusive, creative and effective in their support and management of the space. The shortlist comprises:

  • Friends of Angel Meadow, Manchester
  • Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens, Worcestershire
  • Friends of Saltwell Park, Tyne and Wear
  • Friends of Starbank Park, Edinburgh

The Fields in Trust Community Champion Award is for those who really make a difference to their local green space, going the extra mile organising events, or encouraging others to get involved. The shortlist comprises:

  • Mark Ellul, Tatem Park, Enfield
  • Colin Gittings, Corse & Staunton Playing Fields, Gloucestershire
  • Kazia Knight, Sandringham Park, West Yorkshire
  • Tim Leicester, Victoria Playing Field, Hertfordshire

The Fields in Trust Young Champion Award, supported by Groundwork, is open to those aged between 16 and 24 who have encouraged more activities on a green space through events, coaching, improved provision of facilities or increased usage on the site. The shortlist comprises:

  • Reece Evans, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
  • George Hughes-Onslow, Barn Elms Sports Trust (BEST)
  • Kimberley Mpukusa, City and County of Swansea

Thousands of people came together on their local green spaces as part of Have a Field Day on Saturday 8th July 2017, the Best Have a Field Day Award recognises the amazing range of activities and events that took place. The shortlist comprises:

  • Sandringham Park, West Yorkshire
  • Stanley Park, Lancashire
  • West Park, Tyne and Wear

Left: Furness Vale Playing Field, Derbyshire and right: Sandringham Park, West Yorkshire

The Most Improved Fields in Trust site Award considers how sites have made improvements over the last 18 months to two years including how volunteers and the local community were involved and the impact of the improvements. The shortlist comprises:

  • Furness Vale Playing Field, Derbyshire
  • Llangennith Recreation Field, Swansea
  • Sandringham Park, West Yorkshire

Getting Active on a Fields in Trust site (Team Sports) is for those who have transformed team sport and worked to increase participation for all ages and abilities over the last year or so on their site. The shortlist comprises:

  • Barn Elms Playing Fields, Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club, Shropshire

Getting Active on a Fields in Trust site (Individual Sports & Informal Activity) is for those who have worked to increase participation in individal sport and informal activities for all ages and abilities, welcomed new volunteers and seen new partnerships develop over the last year or so on their site. The shortlist comprises:

  • Barn Elms Playing Fields, Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Brynmill Park, City and County of Swansea
  • Telford Town Park Arena, Shropshire

The Best Play Initiative on a Fields in Trust site Award is for those sites who promote play as a focus for their work. This could be about encouraging more play on the site through events or new activities. The shortlist comprises:

  • Grange Park, Croydon
  • Wingham Recreation Ground, Kent

In addition to the above Awards, Fields in Trust will also recognise its Partners of the Year and showcase newly protected Centenary Fields from across the UK at the Ceremony.

You can read the original article from Fields in Trust HERE

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