It’s playtime in Lancaster thanks to national charity Fields in Trust. They have awarded a grant of £4,000 to Fairfield Green, through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields County Funds. The Fairfield Association will use the money to rejuvenate a children’s play area in the Park. The play area is a popular feature with locals and the Fields in Trust funding has turned a patchy play space into one that will let families socialise and enjoy the fresh air safely.
Fairfield was eligible for this funding as owners, Lancaster City Council, nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Becoming part of the Challenge means the park will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy forever. With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, and the support of principal partner Asda, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to create a living legacy to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by protecting open play spaces across the UK. The programme gives communities the chance to engage with and celebrate these two historic events in their local area and to benefit from them for years to come.
“We are delighted to have received this funding from Fields in Trust for Fairfield Green. It provides a hefty contribution to the cost of resurfacing the play area. The Fairfield Association leases the play area from the City Council and maintains it using a combination of hands on repairs, local fundraising and grants from other charities. Our play area is immensely popular and we are very proud of the contribution it makes to the local community.
The positive side of looking after the local play area is seeing how much children enjoy the equipment we have provided. However, all this come with a price tag and although we can patch the area ourselves, resurfacing the whole area is a professional job and the cost is daunting. With Fields in Trust’s support we have been able to ensure that Fairfield will always be there for everyone to enjoy and in better shape for the future.” Andrew Brennand, Chair, The Fairfield Association.
“Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that the Fairfield Association has built on the opportunity presented by the QEII Fields Challenge to improve their site, protected by Lancaster Council through the Challenge. The improvements they have been able to carry out through their successful grant fund application will, I’m sure, be greatly appreciated by the Lancaster residents,” Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.