Council earns national award for work to preserve Cregagh Green
1 Dec 2017
Belfast City Council has been named ‘Local Authority Partner Of The Year’ by Fields in Trust, a national charity that works to safeguard recreational spaces and campaigns for statutory protection of outdoor sites.
The accolade was bestowed for the Council’s work, in partnership with the local community, in helping to preserve Cregagh Green, the open space where George Best first played football. Earlier this year, the Green was the first project in the UK to be awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, as part of The Active Spaces Forever programme, delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust.
Alderman Tommy Sandford, Chairman of the Council’s People and Communities Committee, who is from Cregagh, said:
“This is a great honour for Belfast City Council. Cregagh Green is very close to my heart, coming from and representing this area, and I would like to thank Fields in Trust for recognising the work of the Council and local community together in bringing this space to life with a range of activities organised through the Active Spaces Forever programme.”
Belfast is the only council in the UK to have embraced all of the Fields in Trust’s protection programmes, protecting a King George V Field, a Queen Elizabeth II Field (Orangefield Park), a Centenary Field (Belmont Park) and now an Active Space (Cregagh Green).
Each year, the Fields in Trust Awards showcase some of the UK’s best open spaces and shine 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 charity Fields in Trust, which counts 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.