Parks and playing fields protected forever with public voter power
Friday 18th November saw the end of Save a Space for Me; a month long online campaign to support outdoor spaces nominated to be safeguarded as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Over 20,000 people from councillors, members of the public and sports leaders showed their support for fields with over 10,000 web visits recorded on the day of launch alone.
Seven councils put forward several sites for voting, with 1 or 2 winning out for each and then being protected (eg Elmbridge put forward 5 sites; the site with the most votes will be given QEII status). The results of these votes are downloadable in this pdf
The rest were taking part in 'votes for support'. This was where, even if a site got only a few votes (or none!) they will still always be going forward to be protected forever. But you've all been clicking away madly to show your support and affection for your local sites. The results of this are in this pdf.
Led by charity Fields in Trust and supported by Asda Save a Space for Me was the public’s chance to have a say in creating a local legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of the Challenge, lent his voice to the campaign urging people to support their local sites to ensure vital outdoor recreational spaces are protected for future generations.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: “We’re absolutely delighted that thousands of people took the time to say ‘Save a Space for Me’. The passion they have shown for their local parks is exactly the community spirit that is so vital to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Support from our partners Asda has been important in helping us get out there and let people know about the chance to vote for their local spaces. We’ve had hundreds of postal votes as well, from people determined not to let lack of internet access stop them from showing their support for their local fields.”
Paul Kelly, Asda's Corporate Affairs Director said, "Asda is proud to be the principal partner of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Green spaces provide free, safe spaces for customers, colleagues and the wider community. Everyone should have somewhere they can meet, play or relax – and we are thrilled at the response from the public to ‘Save a Space For Me’.”
Jools Granville, Communications Manager at SITA Trust said: “The past month has given the public the chance to show they care for their local fields and parks. We want to help make sure these fields are as good as they can be for the local communities – so we teamed up with Fields in Trust to offer QEII fields the unique chance to apply to SITA Trust's £1 million improvement fund.”
For further information please contact:
Kathryn Cook at Fields in Trust on 07931 392 176; 0207 427 2117; firstname.lastname@example.org