De Havilland Grange in Hertfordshire will be celebrating this November thanks to Fields in Trust. They have awarded a grant of £2,000 to De Havilland Grange through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields County Funds. Hatfield Town Council will use the money to put Diamond Jubilee benches and litter bins in place on the Grange. This will ensure the community have somewhere to rest and relax on the site – and enjoy a litter-free view!
De Havilland Grange was eligible for this funding because the owners, the town council, had nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. The Challenge is working with landowners to build a national grassroots legacy from the Olympics by ensuring sites such as the Grange are safeguarded forever. Not only have the Council leveraged funding to keep their green space looking its best, but they have also made sure that the local residents will always have somewhere to play and relax in the fresh air.
With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, and the support of principal partner Asda, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a living legacy programme to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Protecting outdoor recreational spaces across the UK, the Challenge gives local communities the chance to engage with these two historic events. Landowners across the country are encouraged to play their part in preserving outdoor space by Fields in Trust.
“We’re delighted to be awarded this money by Fields in Trust as part of their marking of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will help us make the park a more accessible and enjoyable place for the local community, and keep the park a valuable asset to the area for many years to come. We would encourage other Fields in Trust owners to take advantage of this pot of funding Fields in Trust are offering,” comments Hatfield Town Council.
“Saving outdoor space is crucial for our sporting future as well as the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that Hatfield Town Council is embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their park. By safeguarding this area, the Council has shown how much they value the quality of life of everyone in their community both now and in the future. I encourage other councils to watch for further rounds of Fields in Trust County Funding in 2012 to help make their Queen Elizabeth II Field the best they can be,” Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.