Residents of Bedlington and Blyth have the opportunity to vote for which of three local playing fields they love the most – putting it in for the chance to win the coveted national ‘Most Loved Field’ award.
The competition is being run by Fields in Trust, which believes that parks, sports fields, playgrounds, bicycle trails and nature reserves should be at the heart of local communities.
Northumberland County Council has been working with Fields in Trust to designate three new Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) fields, protecting the much loved public spaces from future development.
Love Your Field is a great way for communities to show their appreciation for their favourite QEII Field and put it in the running to win Most Loved Field, which will be announced at an awards ceremony this November.
The three Northumberland fields in running for the award are:
- Briardale Road Playing Field in Bedlington. The site provides a valuable recreation space in a built up area. It is set up for use as rugby pitches but also used as an informal recreation space.
- Gallagher Park in Bedlington. This is a community park in a heavily populated area. It has an active ‘Friends of Gallagher Park’ group and provides playing fields, play area, a new BMX track, a woodland and new cycleways.
- Meggies Burn on Links Road in Blyth. This is a series of well-used playing fields in a scenic location next to the coast.
Councillor Alan Thompson is executive member responsible for highways and neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council. He said: “Green spaces such as this are invaluable to local people of all ages. Designation as QEII fields will mean that these three areas are protected for future generations to enjoy – and winning this competition could mean they gain some national profile too.”
You can vote until 19 October at www.qe2fields.com. Simply enter your postcode, town or Northumberland council area, then click on the field you want to vote for.