Help to find the UK’s lost playing fields

A new campaign aiming to the find the UK’s lost playing fields needs your help. The Carnegie UK Trust and Fields in Trust have launched their #FieldFinders campaign which will ensure that missing fields remain protected for local communities across the country to enjoy today and in the future.

Between 1927 and 1935 the Carnegie UK Trust gave grants worth £200,000 – the equivalent of around £10 million today – to create nearly 900 playing fields across the UK.  These grants were given to local councils and community groups and a key condition of the grants was that the newly created fields were to be protected in perpetuity.Ditton Recreation Ground Kent use

However, the precise location of the playing fields was not always recorded. Now the Trust have launched this campaign to find the missing fields.

The #FieldFinders campaign has an easy online form to complete for anyone who has any extra information and there are development prizes of up to £5,000 each up for grabs for those identified fields.

The Trust is looking for your help to:-

  •   Share the details of the #FieldFinders campaign with any of your colleagues, stakeholders or community networks who might wish to get involved.
  •   Visit the #FieldFinders campaign page to submit any information you might have about a Carnegie field, or to correct the information they currently hold.
  •  Visit the #FieldFinders campaign page and download the report of their 2014 pilot project, which identified the first 14 Carnegie playing field sites. Case study reports on each of these sites can also be downloaded.

Head of Advocacy, Douglas White, said, ‘Playing fields are a fantastic asset to have in a local community with the opportunities they offer for sport, recreation and community events.  Through the #FieldFinders campaign we really want to find as many of the original Carnegie playing fields as possible so that we can improve the legal protections associated with them and ensure that they remain as playing fields for many years to come.  But we need the help of the public to do so and there are plenty of reasons to visit the campaign site and get involved.’

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