Launch of Have a Field Day

Duke of Cambridge’s Diamond Jubilee tribute to the Queen celebrated by Islington park

Gillespie Park launched Have a Field Day today (Friday 30 March) with national charity Fields in Trust. The sun shone on children from local school St John's Highbury Vale as they showed off their handmade Easter bonnets, a fun activity in the spirit of Have a Field Day. Have a Field Days are a fun day for families, friends and neighbours celebrating their outdoor space being protected for future generations through the charity’s Diamond Jubilee programme: the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

You can see more fantastic photos from the day on our flickr account.
Through a partnership with Asda, Fields in Trust is aiming to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces by the end of 2012, to create a living legacy from the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic & Paralympic Games. The Challenge is being led by The Duke of Cambridge, who commented ‘I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to my Grandmother’s 60 glorious years on The Throne than to dedicate to The Queen this programme that will save playing fields for future generations.’ 

So far over 1000 communities across the UK stand to benefit from a protected Queen Elizabeth II Fields. Have a Field Days are a great way of bringing people and families together, as well as encouraging children to get outdoors and get active. They offer something for everyone – football sessions, ‘sack races, tea parties, kite making, dog shows, competitions and more. Have a Field Days can take place across the summer of 2012 but many are being held in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee weekend in June.

Queen Elizabeth II Fields across the country will receive Have a Field Day Toolkits to help them plan their event and those holding events will also get a box full of bunting, flags, stickers, badges and other items to help ensure the day is a great success.  Communities are encouraged to make their Diamond Jubilee celebrations Field Days by holding them on their QEII Field.

 “The Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics are once in a life time events, and what better way of celebrating than by local people and families gathering together to join in sports, fun activities and games on their permanently –protected Queen Elizabeth II Field. We are delighted with the enthusiasm and range of activities people are planning for their Field Days and hope many more will follow suit, getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying themselves. ” Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust.

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 – I would urge everybody to vote for a space within their local community.”

We are delighted that Fields in Trust have chosen Gillespie Park to be protected forever as part of the QE2 Fields Challenge, and we are thrilled to have been chosen by Fields in Trust to launch its brilliant ‘Have a Field Day’ campaign,” adds Emma Dixon, Friends of Gillespie Park.

Gillespie Park is hugely important to our local community and one of the jewels in Islington’s crown.  It’s very popular with local families and residents and we’re working to make sure that continues for many years to come.” said James Gilchrist, head of Islington Council’s Greenspace Services.


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