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Two sites in contention for WW1 legacy

Published Wednesday, 13 February 2019

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Two sites in our area have been identified as possible locations to commemorate those who lost their lives during WW1.

Centenary Fields aims to protect at least one green space in every local authority area across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

Crawfordjohn Play Area and Law Recreation Ground are being forwarded as the council’s submission to Centenary Fields, which will then evaluate which is the most appropriate site. Both sites have links to WW1.

Councillor John Anderson, the chair of the council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, said: “This is a unique project which will provide a fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

“We understand that the Crawfordjohn site was a proclamation and muster point for outlying dwellings and farms. The war memorial is located directly across the road.

“The Law site has a WW1 war memorial located in it, which was erected in May 1920 and commemorates those who were killed or missing in the Great War.

“I believe either site would be a worthy recipient of this honour from Centenary Fields, with the final decision resting with them.”

Other sites were considered which also have links to WW1, however, these had existing restrictions (e.g. common good land) and initial discussions with Centenary Fields suggested these would not be appropriate locations to be considered as part of the programme as the preference is to have sites which do not have any pre-existing restrictions.

Centenary Fields was launched in 2014 by Fields in Trust President, The Duke of Cambridge, and they work in partnership with Poppyscotland and the Royal British Legion. 

Fields in Trust is a British charity which protects parks and green spaces and promotes the cause of accessible spaces for play, sports and recreation in British cities and towns.