Belfast City Council Are Honoured At Fields in Trust Awards 2017
Belfast City Council received Local Authority Partner of the Year at the prestigious annual Fields in Trust Awards 2017. Belfast City Council was the first in the UK to launch The London Marathon Charitable Trust’s Active Spaces programme. The Belfast project is taking place on the site where the legendary George Best learned to play football. They are the only council in the UK to have embraced all of The Fields in Trusts protection programmes, protecting a King George V Field, QEII, a Centenary Field and now an Active Spaces site.
Each year the Fields in Trust Awards showcases some of the UK’s best open spaces and shines a light on the efforts and achievements of the people whose tireless dedication ensures that these vital outdoor spaces can be enjoyed by the public. Now in their sixth year, the Awards are organised by The Fields in Trust Charity, which counts His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge as its President and protects the UK’s vital open spaces, from sports pitches to children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails and country parks, safeguarding them for future generations.
Commenting on this year’s Awards, Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust added: “On behalf of the team at Fields in Trust I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners. These awards give us the opportunity to shine a light on some of the UK’s most beautiful green spaces up and down the country. Despite their undeniable contribution to the happiness and health of our community, parks and outdoor spaces are often undervalued. This annual event not only gives the public the opportunity to champion their favourite park, but allows us to showcase some of the people and organisations that work tirelessly to ensure the upkeep and community enjoyment of these wonderful spaces.’