Weston Park wins two national awards at ‘Fields in Trust’ ceremony

Weston Park and Sheffield City Council received two awards for excellence at the fifth national Fields in Trust awards last night.

The ceremony, which took place at Lord’s cricket ground in London, recognised Sheffield City Council as North of England Partner of the Year for 2016 and Weston Park as a Showcase Centenary Field for 2016.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “We know that Sheffield’s green spaces are among the finest not just in the country, but in the world – as New York City’s parks commissioner Mitchell Silver confirmed on a visit to Weston Park and the Ponderosa.

“But it is still lovely to have this recognised at national events such as the Fields in Trust Awards, where parks experts from across the country can come together, share ideas and learn from each other.

“I hope that Sheffielder’s will continue to use and enjoy the city’s parks and perhaps take the time to seek out new beauty spots near home.”

Weston Park's Centenary Field plaque
Weston Park’s Centenary Field plaque

Weston Park is one of three Fields in Trust sites in Sheffield and is the city’s only Centenary Field.

The Centenary Field programme works in partnership with The Royal British Legion to permanently secure recreational spaces in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I.

Bailey Park in Monmouthshire, Belmont Park in Belfast, Belper Memorial Gardens in Derbyshire and Sheffield’s Weston Park were among the eight recognised as Showcase Centenary Fields.

Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire was named the UK’s best park after a public vote. A total of 214 parks were nominated and over 10,000 votes were cast in the search to find the nation’s best open area.

Nine other awards including Best Athletics Project, Best Play Initiative, and Best Have a Field Day were presented to parks across the country.

Fields in Trust also recognised organisations who have advocated the work and message of their charity over the past year. Glasgow City Council was named Field in Trust Local Authority Partner of the Year. Five other local authorities, including Sheffield City Council, were given regional awards.

East Williamston Community and Hall Association was given the ‘Friends of’ Group Partner of the Year Award.

Tweeting about their victory, Sheffield City Council said:

Fields in Trust aims to protect and preserve open spaces, woodlands, and recreation grounds across the country.