Harling Parish Council named Fields in Trust Partner of the Year (Town and Parish Councils)FIT award
Harling Parish Council won a prestigious Partner of the Year Award at the 2015 Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and hosted by BBC sports presenter Ore Odura on
2 December 2015.
The award recognises Harling Parish Council’s engagement with Fields in Trust’s work to permanently safeguard outdoor recreational spaces and encourage communities to participate in activities in local parks and playing fields.
Harling Parish Council protected ‘The Poplars’ through the Fields in Trust new Centenary Fields designation which protects parks and playing fields as spaces of living remembrance to mark the Centenary of World War I and honour those who fought and lost their lives in the conflict. The Centenary Fields programme is being delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion.
Harling Parish Council spearheaded a fantastic fundraising project which saw significant improvement to play areas following the receipt of a letter from a young resident requesting a new hopscotch area, and are now looking at carrying out a large scale project to improve the Recreation Ground further.
Their recent partnership with Fields in Trust has been superb, exemplified by the three “Have a Field Day” community engagement events this year and by becoming Full members of the charity. The Award was presented by former middle-distance and long-distance runner Dave Moorcroft in his capacity as a Director of Join In ands accepted on behalf of Harling Parish Council by Fields in Trust Vice-President Lord Howard of
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: “Our awards celebrate the important role played by individuals, landowners, local authorities, and many others, protecting and improving outdoor recreational space for future generations to enjoy. Some inspiring examples of partnership work have been highlighted and we are delighted to reward these remarkable efforts.”
Partnership of the year was one of 11 awards presented on the night including Getting Active on a Fields in Trust site, Best Have a Field Day, Community Champions award and Most improved site.
Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V. Supported by both Royal Charter and active royal patronage the charity aims to ensure everyone in the UK has access to outdoor recreational space.
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