Hope raised on parks funding crisis solutions

Innovation offers hope that solutions could be found to the parks funding crisis, although there is "no silver bullet", according to Mark Camley, head of parks operations at the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Image: Morguefile
Image: Morguefile

Camley will speak at a Green Connect and NESTA conference on 7 October, looking at parks management in the face of cuts.

Speakers and workshops will focus on the Rethinking Parks programme, a partnership between NESTA, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Camley will outline the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park funding model and plans to make it financially sustainable, as well as speaking on skills, design and green infrastructure.

"Organisations like NESTA, Policy Exchange, and National Trust taking a real interest in parks gives me more hope and encouragement that there are real possibilities of innovative solutions," he added.

The conference will be held in Long Ashton on 7 October, with an early bird price of £85 until 9 September. Register at www.greenconnectforparks.org.

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