[reproduced from Fields in Trust website]
Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground in Broadstone, Dorset won the prestigious Best Have a Field Day Award at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November 2012.
The Awards celebrated the fantastic achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge headed by its Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground fought off fierce competition from fellow shortlisted sites Harrington Nature Reserve Park in Workington and Queensgate Park in Bridlington and was selected by a judging panel including representatives from Asda, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, SITA Trust, Sport England and The Guardian.
Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an initiative to mark the great events of 2012: HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect as many outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity as possible as a permanent, grassroots legacy in communities across the UK and has been generously supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation.
The Best Have a Field Day was given to reward a QEII Field for hosting an outstanding community event in celebration of their newly protected status. The Broadstone Resident’s Committee pulled out all the stops for their event and 2,500 people enjoyed a range of activities including gymnastic displays, boxercise, cricket, street dance and football challenges. The less sporty residents could join in fancy dress competitions, face painting and flower arranging sessions. It was a real community effort with local Guides and Scouts, Bowls Club, Residents Association, Horticultural Society, WI, Townswomen’s Guild, Broadstone in Bloom, The Junction, Chamber of Trade, and the Royal British Legion all contributing and over £4,000 was raised for the field.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: ‘Congratulations to everyone who organised Plainfield Farm Recreation Ground’s Have a Field Day: the town included everyone in the day, young and old, every possible activity from steam machines, dog competitions, dancing, sport and less active fun. The work that was done to publicise the event beforehand using young volunteers also helped to ensure its great success.’
Awards were also given in other categories including Landowner of the Year, Getting Active on a QEII Field, Most Loved QEII Field, QEII Community Champion and Most Improved QEII Field.