Sheffield park nominated for WW1 ‘Centenary Field’ memorial project

Weston Park has been selected by the council
Weston Park has been selected by the council
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A key green space in Sheffield is to be nominated as a Centenary Field as part of a national bid to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Weston Park will be put forward by Sheffield Council to become the Fields in Trust and Royal British Legion’s commemorative area for Sheffield.

People relaxing in Weston Park

People relaxing in Weston Park

The initiative, launched by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, means at least one green space in every local authority area across the UK will be made a Centenary Field.

Sheffield Council chose Weston Park because it is home to the York and Lancaster Regiment Memorial, which pays tribute to the loss of more than 8,800 soldiers during World War One.

First opened in 1875, Weston Park was one of the first municipal parks in Sheffield.

It has recently undergone an extensive restoration project and has been granted national Green Flag Award status.

Each Centenary Field across the UK will be provided with signs to indicate its designated status, while the designation will also mean the park ‘will remain available for current and future generations to use and enjoy’, said a council spokesman.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, at Sheffield Council, said: “We have proposed designating Weston Park as part of this scheme as a city commemoration of all the men and women of our city who gave their lives during the First World War - and of all the others whose lives were changed forever by the conflict.

“In this period of reflection it is fitting to link this beautiful city park to our commemoration of events 100 years ago.”

Councillors will vote on whether to approve the nomination at a meeting on November 12.

If it is chosen, the park will be formally announced as a Centenary Field next year.