Public awareness plays key role in green space

Green Space event brings parks figures together to create a shared vision on the future of UK open spaces

Parks officials need to raise people’s aspirations if they are to secure the future of UK green space, according to CABE Space director Julia Thrift. This was the message when key figures in park and green space management met at the Royal Geographical Society, London, last week to share their vision of future parks delivery with open space advocate GreenSpace. Delegates from parks departments, government, funding bodies and non-government organisations shared their ideas under the theme Creating the Vision. GreenSpace has identified the need for a shared vision in persuading key decision makers and the public about the importance of parks in society. Thrift said: “As urban growth occurs around the country and the need to cater for green space continues, we need to help people think that poor-quality parks aren’t good enough.” She highlighted the need to overcome differing perceptions of what good green space consists of and called on delegates to tell politicians that quality parks are what voters want. Organisers used a series of workshops to ask delegates to define what features make a good park or green space. They also identified what resources GreenSpace could make available to park managers to persuade councillors and the public of the importance of green space. The event marked the start of an ongoing process. Early indications showed parks that catered for a multicultural society would be a future theme.

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