GreenSpace looks to raise ethnic diversity in parks

Ethnic-minority groups are underrepresented in parks and play little part in their development, according to GreenSpace, which aims to reverse the trend.

The parks body said that despite the accessible nature of parks, "representation and participation" of minority-ethnic groups in the open spaces were often limited.

"Parks do not always reflect the ethnic profile of the local population," said a representative for the group, which will tackle the issue at a conference in September. Reaching Out targets park managers, ethnic-minority groups, heads of services, equality officers, policy makers, regeneration, private and volunteer staff.

The conference will look at ensuring that involvement and "engagement" in parks is sustained beyond specific events or projects.

The event will take place at Reading Town Hall on 23 September.

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