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First park in Pendle to be protected through Fields in Trust designation.

Published: Friday, 24th November 2017

News story on two areas in Sough Park being designated by Fields in Trust.

Mayor & Mayoress unveil the Carnegie Field plaque at Sough Park.

Fields in Trust, a UK charity which safeguards local outdoor spaces for sport, play and recreation has recognised two sites at Sough Park, West Craven, for protection.



Sough Park, between Kelbrook and Earby, will be the first park in Pendle to be awarded two statuses – one is what’s known as a Centenary Field and one area of the park will be designated a Carnegie Field.

Pendle’s Mayor, Councillor David Whalley and Mayoress Barbara Whalley unveiled the new Fields in Trust plaques on Friday 24th November.

Councillor Mohammed Arshad, who leads on Parks for Pendle said,” It’s fitting that the grand memorial to the fallen of both world wars has been recognised.”

“This memorial area will be protected to honour the memory of people from this area who lost their lives in both world wars,” he added.

And Holme Playing Field, also at Sough Park, has been found to be one of 900 ‘lost’ Carnegie Fields in the UK, thanks to the research of Bob Abel of Earby Local Historical Society.

“The fields were protected as public green spaces by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s charitable trust 90 years ago,” explained Bob.

“Their aim was to save these areas from future development and the Fields in Trust offers that protection, ” he said.

Jamie Leeson from Fields in Trust said. “Green spaces like those at Sough Park are vital to building happy and healthy communities.”


Notes to editors:

Fields in Trust was founded back in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V.

The Centenary Fields programme was launched in 2014 by Fields in Trust President HRH The Duke of Cambridge.



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For Immediate Release