By Matthew Appleby
GreenSpace director Paul Bramhill has offered an olive branch in the dispute with the Institute of Sport, Parks & Leisure (ISPAL) over who will represent park managers at an institutional level.
Bramhill said: “When a new chief executive officer is appointed at ISPAL we’ll be delighted to talk to them. In the meantime we’ll forge ahead with the Institute of Parks & Green Spaces (IPGS).
“I think it is really important to work with ISPAL but it has been difficult to engage with it because of the [merger] situation there.”
Bramhill envisages a 25,000-member group, including parks workers with enhanced skills after training. He adds that institutes of the past have been too narrow in focus and sees a “commonality” with heritage and ecology sectors with shared training in areas such as management.
He said GreenSpace was going to launch a green space institute in September 2006 but changed its name to IPGS in order to “work with ISPAL better”.
He added: “I don’t think that
it’s a great idea to have two
institutes. One port of call makes more sense. In the past, we’ve not had a strong institute and the focus has not been on parks.
“Now we need to catch up. The industry wants strong leadership.”
The Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management (ILAM), which merged to become ISPAL last year, has been in lengthy negotiations to deliver for GreenSpace services for its parks members.
A representative said interviews for a new chief executive were ongoing. ISPAL parks representative Steve Smith has been trying to broker talks between the groups after they broke down late last year.
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