First Fields in Trust Centenary Field in the East Midlands unveiled

The Memorial Gardens at Mansfield Road Recreation Ground were unveiled as the first Fields In Trust Centenary Field in the East Midlands yesterday at a commemoration service to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Centenary garden opens
Centenary garden opens
Local councillors unveiled a memorial stone but it is planned that this will be replaced by a more permanent war memorial in the future, with the help of military personnel from Chetwynd Barracks.

Centenary Fields is open to all local authorities to protect war memorial fields, parks and green spaces created in memory of those who lost their lives during World War One.

The programme is led by the UK charity Fields in Trust in partnership with The Royal British Legion, and ensures that there will be a space to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during the conflict, and that green space is protected for future generations to enjoy as a living legacy.

Fields in Trust chief executive Helen Griffiths said: "I congratulate Broxtowe Borough Council for being the first local authority in the East Midlands, and only the second in England, to sign up to Fields in Trust’s Centenary Fields programme.

"Protecting the Mansfield Road Memorial Garden in perpetuity is a fitting way to commemorate those who gave their lives 100 years ago in World War One. I look forward to many more local authorities following Broxtowe Borough Council’s lead and safeguarding valuable green space for their local communities."

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