Greenspace releases results

Research reveals extent of voluntary working

Regeneration group GreenSpace has released the results of two years of research into the resource abilities of 1,000 community groups in the UK that have an active interest in parks and green spaces. The Community Networking Project Final Report found that community groups in the UK contribute up to eight million work hours each year worth up to £35 million annually. Yet half of all these groups were found to exist on an income of less than £500 per year. The research focuses on responses to questionnaires, which sought to identify group characteristics, such as membership levels, relationships with the local authority and financial income. Requests for further resources were also explored in detail. The overall findings reveal “a highly competent and committed movement of community groups that make a vital contribution to our parks and green spaces through thousands of hours of unpaid work”. Community network project officer Nick Ockenden said: “The unpaid hours make a vital contribution to the provision of local authority park services across the country, which is currently held back by a deficit of information concerning their activities and opinions.” GreenSpace has launched Share the Vision, a new membership campaign with three categories offering different types of benefits. For further details, call 0118 946 9060.

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