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Handbridge park receives royal recognition

Edgar's Field has received its Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Field plaque

Friends of Edgar's Field Park and local councillors admire the new QEII Field plaque. L-R: Tony Randles, Councillor Neil Sullivan, Graham Gordon, Councillor Razia Daniels, and Steve Rogers

Edgar's Field in the Handbridge area of Chester has received its Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Field plaque from Fields in Trust. This is now proudly  displayed on the railings close to the entrance to the park.

It was one of nine outdoor recreational spaces nominated by their local communities, put forward by Cheshire West and Chester Council and  selected by Fields in Trust to achieve this important status.

Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 with the mission of ensuring that everyone has access to free open space. Its main focus during 2012 was the  Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge as a tribute to The Queen and a permanent living legacy of her Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics and  Paralympics.

With its new QEII Field status, Edgar’s Field is now one of more than 1500 outdoor areas all over the country that have been legally protected by  binding agreements with Fields in Trust, safeguarding them for future generations.

Local Councillor Razia Daniels said: “This is an important safeguard for Edgar’s Field that has already served many generations of the Handbridge  community well for more than 120 years and will do so for years to come.”

Steve Rogers, Chair of the Friends of Edgar’s Field Park added: “Becoming a QEII Field is a significant achievement for the park and this new status  should also give us access to special funds for future improvements.”

Custom designed fittings to attach the specially commissioned cast metal commemorative QEII Field plaque securely to the park railings were  made by Handbridge resident Tony Randles.

 

 

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