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
The Parks Alliance secures 'cautious yes' on meeting with Government minister responsible for nation's green spaces.
The Parks Alliance's first round table of the year updates parks sector on progress made so far.
Parks Alliance members gathered in Birmingham yesterday to plot the next steps for the organisation formed to stand up for parks.
Annual reception of All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group attended by 130 industry figures and politicians.
The Parks Alliance presses Commons select committee for inquiry into urgent funding pressures currently facing parks.
Key reports and resources informing the campaign
- Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs on Town and Country Parks 1999
- Grey Places need Green Spaces - by Groundwork
- Greenspace Design for Health and Well-being
- Greener Neighbourhoods
- Urban Regeneration & Greenspace Partnership
- People, places and their green spaces
- i-tree tool for benefit assessment
Listen to speeches made by Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe and Director of London Parks and Greenspace Agency, Tony Leach at the campaign launch in June. Introductions by Baroness Fookes.
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Experts call for retrofitting towns and cities, more tree planting and recognising the value of parks for help with drainage.
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.
After an exceptionally tough year in 2012 thanks to a rain-soaked season, all sectors are hoping for an upturn in fortunes over the next 12 months. But what are the prospects for improvement given the economic challenges? Jez Abbott, Matthew Appleby, Sally Drury, Gavin McEwan and Jonathan Tilley put the question.