Chester Residents Receive a Helping Hand in Getting FIT!

Press Release 19th April 2011

Chester residents receive a helping hand in getting FIT

As daffodils and crocuses pop up and the long winter nights become a distant memory, Chester residents are to be given the perfect opportunity to embrace the outdoors.
A partnership between Fields in Trust and WREN will see the installation of a brand new outdoor gym facility in Westminster Park in the South West of the city, thanks to a grant generated by tax on landfill. The WREN FIT Zone will incorporate all kinds of traditional gym equipment such as exercise bikes, weights and cross trainers specially adapted for outdoor use.
Working in conjunction with Fields in Trust’s legacy programme to mark both the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, Westminster Park will also be permanently protected as a Queen Elizabeth II Field. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, led by its Patron Prince William, aims to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces by 2012 creating a permanent and tangible legacy that will benefit communities now and for generations to come.
Fields in Trust is using a £300,000 grant from WREN to create ten of these innovative and accessible gyms across the UK.  WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to the Landfill Communities Fund. The funding was awarded to FIT at the end of last year and means the outdoor gym in Westminster Park can now start to take shape.
Chester is the ideal recipient of such a scheme as according to model based estimates of obesity for Western Cheshire 22.9% of adults have a BMI above 30 and are obese. The estimated cost to the NHS locally of principal diseases related to obesity currently stands at £90.7 million. 
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: ‘Outdoor gyms are a great way for everyone to be able to participate in exercise and reap the rewards of improved physical and mental health so we’re delighted to be installing this facility in Chester on a site that Fields in Trust is protecting as part of our Diamond Jubilee legacy programme.’
Peter Cox, Managing Director of WREN said: ‘WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The outdoor gym will provide Chester residents a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors as the weather begins to warm up, and to have some fun while exercising. We’re delighted to support Fields in Trust to make this happen and look forward to the completion of the project.’
WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to the Landfill Communities Fund.
 Mike Snell, external affairs manager at WRG said: ‘The funding for the FIT Zones which has been awarded by WREN will create a real hub for the local community to come together. It’s a brilliant facility and we hope many people in Chester enjoy it for years to come.’
Cheshire West and Chester Council, who will contribute £9,000 to the project, has received the grant from Fields in Trust and will now be responsible for delivering this new service to their community.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Leisure Development Health & Wellbeing Manager, Helen Pearce, said: “I am delighted that Chester has been selected to benefit from an outdoor gym facility - an innovative way of encouraging people to get fit and keep active all year round
‘Our legal team is currently working to accredit Westminster Park with protected status and the new gym equipment will ensure that the park continues to be a well-loved and well-used space. We will now look to install the new equipment by the end of the year.’
So keep your eyes open for people of all ages having fun and getting fit at the outdoor gym in Westminster Park!
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. We work to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK.
-          We currently protect 1362 fields totalling 8586 acres.
-                                  Further details on The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge can be found at
-          WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund.  Since 1988, WREN has granted over £141m to more than 5,300 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a WRG landfill site.  For more information please visit
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