Thousands respond to parks inquiry as evidence goes online

The parks inquiry received nearly 400 formal written submissions, more than 13,000 surveys completed online or face-to-face in parks and more than 4,000 templated emails as part of the We Own It campaign calling for parks to be made a statutory service.

Inquiry evidence is now being published online
Inquiry evidence is now being published online

A 38 Degrees petition calling for parks to become a statutory service has attracted more than 270,000 signatures and people have sent more than 500 tweets about their local park using #myparkmatters.

The Communities and Local Government Committee has today published the first tranche of the written evidence it received.

Among the 250 pieces of written evidence being published today are submissions from the Parks Alliance, Keep Britain Tidy, The Land Trust, OPENspace Research Centre at Edinburgh University and the ResPublica think tank. Further written evidence will be published in the coming weeks.

Committee chair Clive Betts MP said: "The excellent response to the committee’s call for evidence shows how much people value their local parks and open spaces. The committee will carefully reflect on the issues raised, which range from concerns over the commercialisation of parks to the need for innovation in funding and management models. We will explore them in further detail at our public evidence sessions."

View the written evidence here:

The committee launched the inquiry in July to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on public parks and consider concerns that their existence is under threat. The inquiry is looking at how parks should be supported now and in the future, and will study alternative management and funding models.

The committee will hold the inquiry’s first public evidence session on 24 October.

For more information, visit the inquiry webpage and see this week's issue of Horticulture Week.

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