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Shaftesbury Park dedicated under Fields in Trust Active Spaces Programme

Press release   •   May 23, 2019 14:58 BST

The outgoing Mayor, Councillors and special guests were in attendance at Shaftesbury Park in Carrickfergus as a plaque was unveiled on May 15 under The Fields in Trust Active Spaces Programme.

Shaftesbury Park in Carrickfergus has been awarded £5,000 by the London marathon Charitable Trust under the Active Spaces programme in partnership with Fields in Trust.

The project will protect the park from any future building development and inspire local communities to get active and take part in sports and exercise on the safeguarded site.

The funding will go towards three activation programmes including a couch to 5k, the Shaftesbury Shifters programme which is a weekly physical activity scheme for adults and a Dancing in the Park which will run for 12 weeks by a qualified dance instructor.

The outgoing Mayor, Councillors and special guests were in attendance at Shaftesbury Park as a plaque was unveiled on May 15.

Outgoing Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar said: “I’m delighted to announce another park is being protected with the Fields in Trust charity.

“Council is committed to improving the quality of life for all the people of the borough through the services it provides.

“Our parks and open spaces are essential for our citizens and visitors, to enjoy downtime and promote a healthy lifestyle.

“Active spaces are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well, they are where memories are made and precious spare time enjoyed, so it’s great to see them continue to do that for generations to come.

“I would encourage everyone to enjoy the park over the summer and see what the spaces have to offer, even if it rains, get the waterproofs on and explore.”

This is the first time that the London Marathon Charitable Trust have funded a UK wide programme and the joint project demonstrates the shared commitment of both LMCT and Fields in Trust to both engage and support communities to become more physically active, and to protect outdoor space in perpetuity.

  • Fields in Trust champions and supports our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. Because once lost, they are lost forever. Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policymakers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level. Further information available from the Fields in Trust website , or contact, Richard McKeever, Communications Manager t:020 7427 2117 m:07940 072832
  • London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by London Marathon founders Chris Brasher and John Disley. Their vision ensured that the profits from the race, and future events organised by London Marathon Events Ltd, would go to The London Marathon Charitable Trust in perpetuity.To date, LMCT has awarded grants totalling in excess of £72 million to more than 1,300 projects in London, Surrey and other areas where London Marathon Events Ltd has organised events. London Marathon Events Ltd donates 100% of its profits to The Trust. Further info available from the London Marathon Charitable Trust website