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Horticulture Week Campaign - Make Parks a Priority

Disproportionate cuts to parks' maintenance budgets are threatening to lead to a return to the spiral of decline in which parks found themselves in the 1970s and 1980s.  Exacerbating the difficulties is an absence at national level of any department with a watching brief for the UK's urban parks. 

The Make Parks a Priority campaign is calling for a fresh Parliamentary inquiry into urban parks to address these issues.

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Politicians hear cross-industry issues

Politicians hear cross-industry issues

22 November 2013

Annual reception of All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group attended by 130 industry figures and politicians.

 
 
MPs pressed for park funding inquiry by The Parks Alliance

MPs pressed for park funding inquiry by The Parks Alliance

27 September 2013

The Parks Alliance presses Commons select committee for inquiry into urgent funding pressures currently facing parks.

 
 
Mark Camley to chair The Parks Alliance

Mark Camley to chair The Parks Alliance

16 August 2013

New body to champion the UK's public parks and their stakeholders appoints its first chair.

 
 


Reports and resources


Some of the key reports that informed the campaign:

APSE State of the Market Survey for Parks 2012

Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs on Town and Country Parks 1999

Grey Places need Green Spaces - by Groundwork

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Picture Gallery

See pictures of some of the attendees at the launch held at the Houses of Parliament on 27 June 2012.

Features and analysis

Parks round table - A common vision

Parks round table - A common vision

01 March 2013

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.

 
 
Arboriculture - Impact of budgets under pressure

Arboriculture - Impact of budgets under pressure

04 May 2012

As fears grow over the impact of budget cuts on tree maintenance, Hannah Jordan looks at latest developments and one team bucking the trend.

 
 
Amenity landscape: The therapeutic role of green space

Amenity landscape: The therapeutic role of green space

27 April 2012

A guide highlighting the role of green space in recuperation should add weight to the battle against budget cuts, practitioners tell Hannah Jordan.

 
 
Amenity - Britain in Bloom on a budget

Amenity - Britain in Bloom on a budget

02 March 2012

Volunteers and business support are key as Britain in Bloom entrants look to make the maximum impact with fewer resources, says Hannah Jordan.

 
 



Why we need a new inquiry into urban parks

Why we need a new inquiry into urban parks

05 July 2012

Our public parks are under threat once more as the impact of the spending cuts becomes clear.

 
 

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Forging an alliance for parks

Forging an alliance for parks

Back in March of this year we reported on a ground-breaking gathering, at a round-table event hosted by Horticulture Week, of many of the most influential figures in the UK's parks and allied sectors.

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Podcast of 'Make Parks a Priority' launch

Hear speeches by Horticulture Week editor, Kate Lowe and Director of London Parks and Greenspace Agency, Tony Leach made at the campaign launch in June.

Green space resources

A collection of evidence to support the case for green space funding

 
 

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