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Council / Bruce Hostel greenery set to mark Peace Day

The Bruce Hostel at the old Anderson High School. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

THE GREEN space to the east of the Bruce Hostel at the old Anderson High School is set to be protected to mark the centenary of Peace Day.

Councillors approved taking the idea forward at a meeting of the full Shetland Islands Council on Tuesday.

The local authority had been approached by independent charity Fields of Trust, which works with landowners to protect parks and other land for the benefit of the community.

Peace Day took place when the settlement of the Treaty of Versailles was celebrated on 19 July 1919 as people marked the end of World War I.

Fields of Trust is asking councils to protect parks or fields as part of its Centenary Fields Programme.

The greenery in front of the Bruce Hostel had already been earmarked to be retained as an amenity space as part of the Knab masterplan for redeveloping the site.

The Bruce Hostel itself, which is a listed building, is also due to be kept.

Shetland already has green spaces which are protected, including the Lerwick play park.