Avenham and Miller Park’s roles in the First World War are to be marked.Advertisement
Preston City Council is putting forward the parks to become Centenerary Fields.
Marking 100 years since the end of World War I the Fields in Trust is taking nominations to designate parks and other open spaces which played a role in the conflict.
A report to the city council’s cabinet says the parks were ‘used as training grounds by the Armed Forces to train and prepare troops for battle, there is photographic and film evidence connecting the parks to WW1’.
If accepted the Fields in Trust scheme sees further protection applied to the grade-II listed parks, with strict conditions about what can be done with the land – for example they would have to be consulted about any new buildings or changes to current buildings within the park.
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A commemorative plaque would be installed in the park to remind Prestonians of its protected status and link with the First World War.
Councillors approved the bid on Wednesday 30 May and will not wait to hear from the Fields in Trust.
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