Landscape Institute urges members to lobby MPs over parks, as two more sign Early Day Motion on funding crisis

The Landscape Institute has urged its members to ask their MPs to sign an Early Day Motion calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the funding crisis facing urban parks.

Horticulture Week Campaign - Image: HW
Horticulture Week Campaign - Image: HW

The email to the 6,000 strong institute membership was sent out in support of Horticulture Week’s Make Parks a Priority campaign which seeks to highlight the threat to parks from disproportionate spending cuts to maintenance budgets.

Early Day Motion 219 which was laid in Parliament this summer has now been signed by 33 Members of Parliament. The two latest signatories – Jim Dowd (Lewisham West & Penge) and Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton) signed the motion last week.

Said HW editor Kate Lowe; "We are very grateful for the Landscape Institute’s assistance. With the end of the current parliamentary session due in a matter of weeks, it is essential that anyone who has yet to contact their MP, does so in the next few days.  Every signature we can secure before the close of Parliament wiill help us to demonstrate to decision makers the breadth of support our grave concerns for the future of parks have within the Westminster community."

The Make Parks a Priority call for a parliamentary inquiry is backed by the Association of Gardens Trusts, the National Federation for Parks & Green Spaces, the Institute of Horticulture, Groundwork UK, GreenSpace, the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, the London Parks & Green Spaces Forum and many more across the industry.

What you can do - write to your MP today

Please ask your MP to help secure a select committee inquiry into urban parks by signing Early Day Motion 219. A template letter is available at our campaign website along with the full wording of EDM 219.  For a PDF copy of an article that gives full details about the campaign that you can forward to interested parties, please email Kate Lowe at kate.lowe@haymarket.com.


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