GreenSpace plan for park diversity

Project unveiled aimed at encouraging diverse use of parks

Open space champion GreenSpace has revealed plans for a three-year, £1 million project to encourage more diverse use of Britain’s parks. It will work with community groups, local authorities and specialist non-government organisations, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to implement its Park It campaign. This summer, community-led events will aim to highlight parks’ historical and contemporary value. To run the project, GreenSpace has extended its team with five full-time staff headed by project manager Steven Beauchamp. One event per year will be staged in each of the 12 UK regions for the first two years, with plans to put on three larger events in the third year. A GreenSpace representative said: “This is very much a grass-roots project. We are aiming to get families, children, older people and minority groups back into parks. We hope to enable groups — through training — to have the tools at their disposal to put on events long after we have left.”

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