The conference, Breaking the Mould: managing parks in a changing world, will be held on 7 October at Ashton Court Mansion. It is supported by Nesta and the Rethinking Parks Projects and Horticulture Week. National groundscare contractor Glendale has also sponsored places for community group delegates.
Along with presentations from Bristol City Council, head of parks and venues at the London Legacy Development Corporation and chairman of the Parks Alliance Mark Camley, and Lydia Ragoonanan from Rethinking Parks, workshops focusing on Rethinking Parks projects (PDF) will help professionals and volunteers come away with new ideas about how to cope with funding cuts by changing the way they do things in parks.
The workshops will cover:
- Assessing parks assets and working with local authorities;
- Planning for new uses and management regimes in green spaces;
- Engaging with businesses large and small to find out what might attract them;
- Developing a sustainable business model with employees; and
- Understanding what the public will donate to/for.
Tickets for the conference are £95 for the day and are available on the Green Connect website.