Charity partners with Asda to ‘save a space’ in Dorset for next stage of Diamond Jubilee Fields Legacy Programme
Duke of Cambridge urges the public to join in
People in Dorset and throughout the United Kingdom are being challenged to help permanently protect local parks, playing fields and playgrounds with the launch of an online vote.
The campaign, ‘Save a Space for Me’, is the next phase of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Led by its Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge and supported by Asda as principal partner, the charity Fields in Trust aims to ensure that communities across the country have the opportunity to ensure vital outdoor recreational spaces are protected for future generations.
In total 2012 spaces will be protected throughout the UK and Dorset has 25 spaces nominated to date including a country park and woodlands, playing field sites, memorial halls and fields and a number of parish recreation grounds and play areas. The public have just one month to show their support for protecting our sites.
To show support for a space in Dorset people need to visit http://www.qe2fields.com/Castyourvote.aspx and vote for one of the nominated spaces.
Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and the TV presenter Kate Humble helped launch the “Save a Space for Me” campaign in Greenwich – one of the Olympic host boroughs – along with local school children to celebrate the start of a month long online public vote to support sites in local areas. A specially recorded video message from The Duke of Cambridge urged the British public to support this fantastic legacy programme:
“We have been offered coastline and woodland, as well as existing children’s playgrounds and recreational fields. Now we need you to join in. In many areas, there are more nominations than can be accommodated so we need you to vote for your favourite space in your community. You can vote online, www.qe2fields.com, from October 18th but voting is only open for a month, so please don’t delay!”
Paul Kelly, Asda's Corporate Affairs Director said, "Asda is proud to be the principal partner of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Green spaces provide free, safe spaces for customers, colleagues and the wider community; everyone should have somewhere they can meet, play or relax – I would urge everybody in Dorset to vote for a space within their local community.”
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: “The positive response to the Challenge has been truly wonderful and we’re delighted to have HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s support as we launch Save a Space for Me and encourage the public to get involved across the South West region.”