HM The Queen and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Nottingham to celebrate
Fields in Trust’s Diamond Jubilee legacy programme
HM The Queen and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Vernon Park, a newly protected Queen Elizabeth II Field, in Nottingham today as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. HM The Queen unveiled a plaque at Vernon Park following a speech by The Duke of Cambridge dedicating The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to Her Majesty as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee.
Led by The Duke of Cambridge and supported by the generosity of its principal partner Asda, Fields in Trust’s initiative The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to permanently protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces across the UK as a permanent legacy to the landmark occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. To date over 1,300 spaces have been nominated to become Queen Elizabeth II Fields including parks, playgrounds, sports pitches, bicycle trails, nature reserves and flower meadows.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust says: “Today’s dedication of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge by HRH The Duke of Cambridge to HM The Queen was a very special moment for Fields in Trust. We have been thrilled by the enthusiasm for this programme and thanks to the support of The Duke, Asda and our many other partners, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields will continue to benefit millions of people in communities up and down the country for generations to come as a fitting legacy of 2012.”
Outdoor spaces are vital to the health and well being of communities and, by working with local authorities such as Nottingham City Council and other landowners, Fields in Trust is ensuring that access to these spaces will be preserved in perpetuity. Through partnerships with Sport England and SITA Trust more than £500,000 worth of grants have been allocated to Queen Elizabeth II Fields.
Paul Kelly, External Affairs Director of Asda says: ‘Asda is proud to be here in Nottingham today celebrating the dedication of the Challenge by HRH The Duke of Cambridge to HM The Queen. It’s also a privilege for Asda to be the principal partner of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. It’s vital to protect these green spaces which provide free, safe places for customers, colleagues and the wider community. Everyone should have somewhere they can meet, play or relax.’
The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry has provided pivotal support to the programme. Nick Booth, Chief Executive says: “The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry understands how important access to outdoor recreational spaces is for the development and wellbeing of young people and their families. We are delighted to support the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge in safeguarding these vital areas and ensuring children have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors both now and for generations to come.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched school children compete in cricket and athletics competitions as well as meeting users of Vernon Park such as the local hockey and football teams.
Notes to editors:
Fields in Trust is the operating name of the National Playing Fields Association
Fields in Trust is a national charity founded in 1925 to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK
HM The Queen has been Patron of Fields in Trust for 60 years, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been President for 64 years and HRH The Duke of Cambridge is Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge currently has 1300 nominated sites and will continue to operate for the duration of 2012.
Asda and The Asda Foundation are the principal partners of the Challenge
For more information on Fields in Trust please seewww.fieldsintrust.org or for The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge please see www.qe2fields.com
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