Green Space - Managing the Future
Government departments, quangos and local authorities are seeing the most severe cuts to public sector budgets seen since the 1920s. Here we chart the, extent and effect of the cuts and how this is changing the way public green space is managed
Cuts And Measures
- Warning over services as councils brace themselves against possible further 10 per cent funding cut
- Community group turns to crowdsourcing to plug funding gap for project to green a Manchester square
- Blow for parks sector as highly respected parks leader is understood to have lost role due to budget cuts
- Landscape Institute calls on minister to accept need for green-space investment
- Park users rate site quality across UK in online 'health check' survey
- Parks law tops report wish list for green-space protection strategy
- Green Places Fund city pilots test local support for donation venture
- Urban survey reveals key green-space trends
- Green space role urged in 'deprivation' index
- Open space curative role aired in Forestry Commission good practice guide
- Planner says National Planning Policy Framework promote trees
- Chase planning cash, parks told
- More green spaces and trees promises re-elected Boris Johnson
- Park cuts' inequity highlighted
- Survey reveals scale of play service budget cuts by London councils
- Forum tracks London parks' budget slide
- Welsh parks forum revived as cuts bite
- Parks hit again in council budget cuts
- 'Social green space' guide is launched
- Playground charge fears aired
- Playing fields get cash windfall
- Tool puts value on green space
- Parks service merger advice offered
- Better asset use is key to meeting cash pinch Camley tells assembly
- Hammersmith and Fulham Council extends commercial park fees
- Street tree study sounds funding alarm
- Society issues blueprint for local community green spaces reform
- Survey shows deeper cuts for green space
- Training upgrade urged to help parks adjust to changes of localism agenda
- Parks trust leaders plan support network
- Positives highlighted amid fallout from emerging green space budget cuts
- PM lobbied over loss of GreenSpace charity
Spending Cuts Comment
- Farewell to a parks champion
- Arming parks with vital data
- According To Seabrook ... Colour sells when it comes to gardens
- Parks teams deserve better
- Innovative gardens can thrive
- Smith On ... Lobbying for support for parks campaign
- Politicians fail to join the dots
- Meeting the parks challenge
- Now volunteers feel budget woe
- No let up from council squeeze
In Depth - Managing the Future
Green-space leaders met recently at Horticulture Week's offices to discuss the creation of a co-ordinated cross-sector alliance and vision for urban parks to ensure their future, Jez Abbott reports.
Deals crossing council boundaries are among the new ways of outsourcing grounds-maintenance contracts, Jez Abbott finds.
The hire of parks requires a marketing plan, a usage strategy and commercial focus, says Sid Sullivan.
Gardens facing a decline in visitor numbers thanks to rain-hit year are using new techniques and strategies to help soften the impact, Jez Abbott discovers
A second year of swingeing funding cuts could put even the highest-profile historic parks at risk, Ben Cook reports.
A guide highlighting the role of green space in recuperation should add weight to the battle against budget cuts, practitioners tell Hannah Jordan.
Volunteers and business support are key as Britain in Bloom entrants look to make the maximum impact with fewer resources, says Hannah Jordan.
It is now time to look hard at your priorities and learn to do more with less, maintains Sid Sullivan.
Planning a media response is vital to protect your business's reputation, says Sid Sullivan.
A volunteer strategy adds real value to the service - as well as the participants' CVs, says Sid Sullivan.
To find out what people want from parks and win funding, you need qualitative data, says Sid Sullivan.
A Merseyside housing body has ambitious plans to transform its green spaces with community help, writes Gavin McEwan.
Park services' memory of the local fabric could be lost as experienced staff are axed, Sid Sullivan warns.
Engaging with development and regeneration will widen park service influence, Sid Sullivan argues.
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