Manor Park gets special Diamond Jubilee protection

An award-winning New Malden park is to be given special protection under a national Olympic and Diamond Jubilee legacy scheme.

Manor Park will be dedicated as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Field after scheme organisers extended the deadline for more applications. Now Kingston Council can apply for a £10,000 grant towards the upkeep of Manor Park from the Fields in Trust organisation.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is designed to protect 2,012 parks and playing fields across the country permanently.

Recreation grounds at Elm Road, Kingston, and Dickerage Road, New Malden, were dedicated under the scheme last year.

Manor Park has been awarded a Green Flag for the last three years by environmental campaign group Keep Britain Tidy, rating it among the country’s best-kept green spaces.

The park includes football and cricket pitches, tennis courts and a children’s playground as well as wildlife and wetland reserves.

Councillors Ken Smith and Patrick Codd, co-chairs of the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee which approved the move, said:

“Dedicating Manor Park in this way will protect it now and for future generations to ensure that people have access to outdoor sport and recreation.

This special status will help us to improve facilities and encourage physical activity which is good for the community’s health and wellbeing.”