Jillian recognised as community champion

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An Arbroath community hero has been celebrated at Holyrood for her work in helping to bring a skatepark to the town.

Jillian Low, chair of the Arbroath Skatepark Project was presented with a Fields in Trust champion award for 2015 at a Scottish Parliament reception on Tuesday (December 8).

Jillian decided to take action when her teenage son, a skater, had nowhere safe to practice his sport. She brought together local wheeled sports enthusiasts and led a campaign that secured funding and land in order to build a dedicated facility. Her successful campaign gained support from the community and a new skatepark was officially opened just over a year ago offering a safe space for all.

Jillian said: “I am very grateful to Angus Council who nominated me for this award. The Arbroath Skatepark has been a shared project. The success is testament to our community - it has been supported by the young people who use the park, all those who have contributed to the fundraising and a very good working relationship with our local council. I do believe that with enough drive determination and staying power anyone can make a real difference in their local community.”

The Parliamentary Reception at Holyrood celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Fields in Trust. Founded by King George V in 1925, as the National Playing Fields Association, Fields in Trust is the only UK wide organisation working to safeguard and improve recreational green spaces.

The community champion award is given to individuals who have made remarkable contributions to their local outdoor spaces.