Researchers are urging parks managers to complete a survey issued as part of the State of the UK Parks Study by the 27th September deadline.
Commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the research programme is making good progress with responses already received from local authorities from Cornwall to Aberdeenshire, organisers have said.
Greenspace consultancy CFP director Ian Baggott, who is co-leading the study with parks consultant Peter Neal, says a key component of the study is two national surveys that have gone out to park managers and friends of parks groups across the UK.
"In terms of its coverage, this is probably the most ambitious survey across the parks sector since the Public Parks Assessment undertaken by the Urban Parks Forum in 200," he said.
"It is really important that as many parks managers as possible complete this new survey to maximise the effectiveness and impact of the final report. It is only with robust data gathered from across the UK that we will be able to properly evidence the immense challenges being faced by the sector."
The team has been liaising with APSE, Greenspace Scotland, Keep Britain Tidy and Natural England to ensure that this new survey will complement studies undertaken by these other organisations working within the parks sector.
See www.stateofukparks.org.uk. The deadline for surveys to be completed is 27 September. The final report will be published by the HLF in spring next year.