Make Parks a Priority: HW campaign to secure Parliamentary inquiry into parks funding wins backing from 38 MPs

The number of MPs who have signed Early Day Motion 219 calling for a Parliamentary inquiry into the funding crisis facing urban parks has reached 38 following backing from seven more MPs in recent days.

HW campaign Make Parks a Priority
HW campaign Make Parks a Priority

The latest MPs to sign are Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South), Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East), Fiona O'Donnell (East Lothian), Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak), Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale), Jim Dowd (Lewisham West and Penge) and Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton).

The EDM was laid by supportive MPs following the launch of Horticulture Week's Make Parks a Priority campaign to highlight the threat to parks from disproportionate spending cuts to maintenance budgets.

"I are very grateful to everyone that has taken the time to write to their MP to secure their support for a select committee inquiry into the funding crisis," said HW editor Kate Lowe. "Please keep those letters coming so we can send a really strong message about our concerns to Westminster."

The campaign's call for a Parliamentary inquiry is backed by key green-space associations including the Landscape Institute, Association of Gardens Trusts, National Federation for Parks & Green Spaces, Institute of Horticulture, Groundwork UK, GreenSpace, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, London Parks & Green Spaces Forum and many more.

What can you do?

Please write to your MP today and ask them to help secure a select committee inquiry into urban parks by signing EDM 219.

A template letter and background document on the campaign is available at www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk/makeparksapriority Alternatively you can email Kate Lowe at kate.lowe@haymarket.com for a copy of both.


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