Barn Elms protected to mark Jubilee

Published: Thursday 22nd December 11

Barn Elms Playing Fields and Heathbrook Park are set to be given protected status which would ensure they remain green open spaces for the local community to enjoy.

Councils all over the country have been asked to nominate outdoor recreation areas which could receive this special status ahead of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games.

The initiative, called the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge, is designed to create a grassroots legacy across the UK to mark these two national events.

The scheme is backed by Prince William and is being managed by the Fields in Trust (FIT) - a national charity dedicated to safeguarding recreation space.

The council's two nominations have been accepted by the FIT, subject to formal legal agreements being put in place, and can expect to receive the official designation in March 2012. 

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said: "We want these valuable green open spaces to be protected in perpetuity. It's a terrific way for Wandsworth to celebrate these momentous events and will leave local people with a fitting legacy."

Barn Elms Playing Fields is a popular sports and recreation venue on the riverbank between Putney and Barnes. It is located in the borough of Richmond but owned and managed by Wandsworth Council.

Heathbrook Park is located in Battersea, between Queenstown Road and Wandsworth Road stations.

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Recent comments

Excellent news . My brother first learnt to row at Barn Elms Boat Club and he went on to win an Olympic Gold Medal.My dad taught football on Barnes Playing fields to generations of children and I once worked in the kit room when I was a student.It is a little piece of gold dust.
Catherine Gibson

29 December 2011