Make Parks a Priority: Urge your MP today to back calls for an inquiry into the parks funding crisis!

The Make Parks a Priority campaign is calling for the urgent help of supporters to persuade MPs in the three remaining weeks of the current parliamentary session to sign an Early Day Motion calling for an inquiry into the parks funding crisis.

So far 42 MPs have signed EDM 219, tabled by supportive MPs last year, and which highlights the damage disproportionate cuts to parks maintenance budgets are having on local authority-run green space.

Kate Lowe, editor of Horticulture Week which founded the campaign last year, said the  recent collapse of the national parks charity GreenSpace thanks to the same funding pressures facing parks, made the need for a parliamentary inquiry all the more urgent.

"The loss of the last remaining dedicated body representing parks in England underlines just how grave the situation facing our public green spaces has become. We urge everyone who wants to prevent the decline of their treasured public parks to ask their MP today to sign EDM 219 calling for an inquiry into these issues."

"EDM 219 has just three more weeks to gather as many signatures as possible from MPs before the close of the current parliamentary session. Please spread the word to your local friends groups, civic societies, environmental groups and everyone you know that loves your parks!"

EDM 219 - Reduction in Funding for Urban Parks - highlights the damage being caused to Britain's urban parks and green spaces by disproportionate cuts to their maintenance in local government budget savings and the loss of skills in professional horticulture in the public sector through staff redundancies.

In addition, it draws attention to the fact that these problems are being exacerbated by the absence of a national-level department, body or function with a watching brief for the UK's urban parks and calls for these concerns to be addressed in a new inquiry into urban parks.

  • When contacting your MP you need to use the full name of the early day motion - EDM 219 Reduction in Funding for Urban Parks.
  • For a template letter to lobby your MP, click here
  • See the full text of the EDM.
  • For background on Make Parks a Priority, click here
  • To find out how to contact your local MP, see findyourmp.parliament.uk.

The 42 MPs who have backed our call for a parliamentary inquiry are:

Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)

David Anderson (Blaydon)

Hugh Bayley (York Central)

Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East)

Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)

Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)

Martin Caton (Gower)

Ann Coffey (Stockport)

Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)

David Crausby (Bolton North East)

Mike Crockart (Edinburgh West)

Tony Cunningham (Workington)

Frank Dobson (Holborn and St Pancras)

Jim Dowd (Lewisham West and Penge)

Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside)

Bill Esterson (Sefton Central)

Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale)

Georg Galloway (Bradford West)

Mike Gapes (Ilford South)

Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)

Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South)

Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)

David Lammy (Tottenham)

John Leech (Manchester Withington)

Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion)

Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak)

Dr William McCrea (South Antrim)

John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington)

Alan Meale (Mansfield)

Fiona O’Donnell (East Lothian)

Sandra Osborne (Ayr Carrick and Cumnock)

Albert Owen (Ynys Mon)

Steve Rotheram (Liverpool Walton)

Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)

Bob Russell (Colchester)

Andy Sawford (Corby)

Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)

David Simpson (Upper Bann)

Mark Williams (Ceredigion)

Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire)

Stephen Williams (Bristol West)


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