The Parks Alliance calls for public testimonials

The Parks Alliance, the voice for parks in the UK, has launched an open call for park testimonials from members of the public in time for this year's World Parks Day on 19 September.

Public park. Image: HW
Public park. Image: HW

The Parks Alliance is looking to create a library of useful and informative testimonials celebrating local parks or highlighting recent changes to parks or parks under threat. Anyone can submit a Parks Watch testimonial – whether individuals, Friends groups or local councillors – through The Parks Alliance website.

It is hoped the initiative, launched in time for World Parks Day, will help draw attention to the immense value parks have in terms of economic, social, community, environmental and public health benefits.

Alliance chairman Mark Camley said: "We wanted to launch Park Watch in time for World Parks Day – the world celebration of parks and green spaces, which celebrates the many benefits that our parks contribute to the nation's well-being and enjoyment.

"We know how important parks are as 68 per cent of users consider spending time in their local park essential to their quality of life. This new library of case studies will allow us to represent those people and organisations better and persuade government, local authorities and other park funders of the value of properly funded and maintained parks across the UK."

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