Capitalise on concern for parks

Recent days have seen a flurry of newspaper and broadcast-media reports into the funding crisis facing urban parks driven by recent conferences held by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Groundwork UK as well as Horticulture Week's Make Parks a Priority campaign, which aired on BBC Radio over the weekend.

Our campaign is lobbying for a select committee inquiry to examine the funding crisis facing parks, to monitor and bring to the fore the impact that cutbacks are having on parks around the UK, to address the dearth of responsibility being taken for these precious assets at central Government level and to examine workable solutions to securing their future.

The campaign is backed by the Landscape Institute, Association of Gardens Trusts, National Federation for Parks & Green Spaces, Institute of Horticulture, Groundwork UK, GreenSpace, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, London Parks & Green Spaces Forum and many more.

The latest press coverage makes this the perfect moment to act in support of the campaign. An early day motion (EDM) calling for an inquiry has been tabled in the House of Commons by supportive parliamentarians and, at time of going to press, has already won support from 39 MPs thanks to the efforts of campaign supporters. But we need more if we are to ensure that the EDM can do its job of bringing the parks funding crisis to the attention of Westminster.

So please take the time to write to your MP this coming week and ask them to help secure an inquiry into urban parks by signing EDM 219. A template letter and background document on the campaign is available online at www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk/makeparksapriority. Alternatively, drop me an email at kate.lowe@haymarket.com.

KATE LOWE, EDITOR - kate.lowe@haymarket.com.


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