HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Newcastle to celebrate Fields in Trust’s legacy programme

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited Elswick Park, a newly protected Queen Elizabeth II Field, in Newcastle today as part of a tour of the North East. During the event HRH The Duchess of Cambridge watched local school children participating in an outdoor lesson, met with volunteers from the community garden and unveiled a plaque on behalf of HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

Operated by national charity Fields in Trust and supported its principal partner Asda, Fields in Trust’s initiative The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to permanently protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces across the UK as a permanent legacy to the landmark occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. To date over 1,450 spaces have been nominated to become Queen Elizabeth II Fields including parks, playgrounds, sports pitches, bicycle trails, nature reserves and flower meadows.

Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust says: “Today’s event has been a wonderful way to illustrate how the impact of outdoor space extends far beyond sport and play – particularly in urban areas such as Newcastle. We were delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to Elswick Park and show her some of the fantastic ways this site is used by the local community to promote positive outdoor activities. Thanks to the generous support of Asda and the enthusiasm of hundreds of councils The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will enable communities to benefit from these sites for generations to come.’

Andy Clarke, Chief Executive of Asda says: “Green spaces like these provide free, safe places for our customers and colleagues to participate in a range of outdoor activities. The local community's use of Elswick Park is really inspiring and shows how together we can make a real difference to people's lives beyond traditional sport and play."

School children from Canning Street, Hawthorn and St. Michael’s R.C. primary schools were all thrilled to meet HRH The Duchess of Cambridge along with volunteers from West End Women and Girls Centre who run the onsite community garden.


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 to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK

HM The Queen has been Patron of Fields in Trust for 60 years, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been President for 64 years and HRH The Duke of Cambridge is Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge currently has 1300 nominated sites and will continue to operate for the duration of 2012.

Asda and The Asda Foundation are the principal partners of the Challenge

For more information on Fields in Trust please see or for The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge please see

For further information please contact:

Fields in Trust: Helen Griffiths  / 07946 188 371

Broadgate Mainland: Mark Knight  /07584 170 109

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