FOUR green spaces in Ellesmere Port and Neston could be safeguarded for future generations – and given a royal title – to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Council bosses have put forward Rossmore, Whitby Park, and Rivacre Valley Park in Ellesmere Port and Park Fields in Parkgate to be considered for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.
The long-term scheme, operated by Fields In Trust (FIT), is a campaign to protect 2012 outdoor spaces in communities across the country as a living legacy of the Queen’s Jubilee, London Olympics and Paralympics.
The selected sites will now go forward to be considered by FIT as part of the project.
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and recreation, said: “We are hoping to see events involving more than 20,000 people taking place across the borough but this project will also secure a permanent legacy from the occasion as well.
“We asked community groups and local people for their help in nominating pieces of land accessible to the public – receiving some really great options.
“This decision means that the first six will now go forward to FIT, while we continue to investigate other potential sites for inclusion later in the year.”
Almost 120 community-led Jubilee events have already been registered, involving more than 21,000 people.
These include street parties, garden parties, barbecues, picnics, fêtes, carnivals and parades, along with a tea dance, beacons, a flotilla, a barn dance, sing-along and sports day.
Funding of £16,000 is available to support all events through the Cheshire Community Foundation, thanks to a gift from the Duke of Westminster’s charitable fund, the Westminster Foundation.