Green Connect conference aims to help those battling parks' funding crisis

A conference considering ways to address the funding issues currently facing the parks and green spaces sector takes place in October.

Parks are facing a funding crisis. Photo: Peter Neal
Parks are facing a funding crisis. Photo: Peter Neal

South West green spaces network, Green Connect, is organising its first major conference in Exeter with speakers from leading organisations who are champions for the sector.

The organisers’ aim is that the conference will help park managers, volunteers and others working in green spaces to respond to the ‘Call to Action’ in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s "State of the UK Parks" report published in June, and in particular address declining budgets.

Director of Green Connect Karen Hughes said: "We are inviting both paid staff and volunteers from around the region to join us at our first conference and delighted to announce it will include speakers from leading national organisations representing the green spaces sector, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Parks Alliance and RHS.

"Other speakers will cover new innovations in park management, green space quality awards including Green Flag, research providing vital evidence of the value parks bring to the health, and how to use social media to develop networks, market parks and encourage interaction across the region."

The conference will be held at Reed Hall, The Streatham Campus, Exeter University on October 8. 

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