£1 million Fund to Help Queen Elizabeth II Fields in London

Fields in Trust are delighted to announce a £1 million fund supported by The London Marathon Charitable Trust and The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry to provide improvements to Queen Elizabeth II Fields in boroughs all across London.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, led by its patron The Duke of Cambridge, aims to safeguard and support 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the UK as a living legacy to both HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With sites ranging from bicycle trails to woodlands and playgrounds to sports pitches, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields will offer something for everyone and ensure that communities have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives for generations to come.

This fund will be open to any outdoor recreational space protected in perpetuity as a Queen Elizabeth II Field in London to facilitate all kinds of improvements from new goal posts to play equipment, wildflower planting and park benches.

Alison Moore Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: ‘This generous fund will bring fantastic benefit to the newly protected Queen Elizabeth II Fields across the London boroughs.
Outdoor spaces are vital for people’s health and happiness – particularly in the densely populated capital where these spaces are often the only access people have to outside space.
We’re grateful to both The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and The London Marathon Charitable Trust for helping us to work within communities to make these spaces even better.’

David Golton, Chief Executive, London Marathon Charitable Trust said:‘Since 1999, the Trust has regularly set aside money to help keep playing fields free of threats and open for the community. Our contribution to the joint aims of the Foundation and Fields in Trust continues this work and we are delighted to a major funder contributing to the fields in London’

Nick Booth, Chief Executive, The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry said: ‘Building on the Foundation’s original support for this project we are delighted to be partnering with the London Marathon Charitable Trust to help ensure fields and open spaces are protected for future generations to benefit from and enjoy.’

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For further information please contact
Helen Griffiths at Fields in Trust on 07946 188371 /0207 427 2112 / helen.griffiths@fieldsintrust.org



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