Long-term damage to green space causing serious alarm

The National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces (NFPGS) has launched a petition calling on all political parties to commit to parks in their election manifestos.

It follows the publication earlier this summer of the Heritage Lottery Fund's State of UK Public Parks report, which warned that parks are facing a crisis in the long term because of the ongoing lack of funding.

The petition by the NFPGS, which is the umbrella organisation representing friends of parks forums and friend's groups, is being supported by the Love Parks campaign under the jurisdiction of Keep Britain Tidy.

The petition, hosted by change.org, encourages the next government to:

- Hold a national inquiry into the funding of the UK's green spaces.

- Bring in a statutory duty to monitor and manage these spaces to Green Flag Award standard.

- Ensure adequate public resources for green spaces.

An NFPGS representative said: "There is growing alarm from the public, from friends of parks groups and from parks managers about serious long-term damage being caused by dramatic cuts to green-space budgets for staff and maintenance - and the lack of funding and investment by local and national government. This slide into crisis must be halted."

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