Fields in Trust launches Have a Field Day of action to show public love of parks

Charity Fields in Trust has launched a national day to show the public's love for parks.

Fields in Trust hopes the day will show extent of public's love of parks. Image: HW
Fields in Trust hopes the day will show extent of public's love of parks. Image: HW

It hopes that Have a Field Day on 8 July will show the many different ways people use their public parks and why local communities value them so greatly by encouraging members of the public to run community events in their park on the same day. The event is being supported by the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, parkrun and 38Degrees, all of which will encourage their memberships to join in.

Organisers can register their events on the Fields in Trust website,www.fieldsintrust.org/haveafieldday.  All registered events will be able to access a downloadable toolkit with ideas to help run a successful community event.

The date has been chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the first meeting of the National Playing Fields Association at the Royal Albert Hall in 1925.

Fields in Trust chief executive, Helen Griffiths, said "Our research helps us understand how a local park can contribute to its neighbourhood but the real value of a green space is determined by the local community who use it for play, sport and recreation. Each of the thousands of parks playing fields and playgrounds across the UK is valuable to the neighbourhood that it serves."

The charity says that parks and green spaces are under threat due to council funding cuts, either from being run-down, or sold off for development.

Griffiths added: "Fields in Trust believe we should re-value our green spaces as resources which contribute to public health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion, not simply view them as a drain on council finances for upkeep. If you Love Your Local Park we encourage you to get together with neighbours on 8 July and celebrate our precious parks and playing fields."

Fields in Trust ambassador, author Bill Bryson is backing the campaign.

Fields in Trust’s work to give public green spaces legal protection currently covers more than 2,600 sites, around 12,140 hectares of land including playgrounds, playing fields, and formal and informal parkland.

In February it published a research study of a new park built in a deprived area last year. The study showed that the 2.7ha Centenary Park in Newbold-on-Avon, Rugby improved people's activity levels and sense of well-being and happiness. 


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