Since last Friday when the campaign was officially launched in Horticulture Week, we have received email after email from professionals in the sector who have informed us that they are writing to their MP urging them to show their support for the aims of the campaign by signing Early Day Motion (EDM) 219. The EDM calls for a parliamentary inquiry into urban parks.
We are also extremely grateful to the growing number of associations that have pledged their help with promotion for the aims of the campaign, launched to draw attention both to the growing crisis in maintenance funding for parks across Britain and the absence at national level of any department or body with a watching brief for parks at this time of tremendous challenge.
Please keep sending those letters to MPs. EDM 219 will stand until the end of the current parliamentary session in November.
And do pass on the details of the campaign to friends groups and others concerned about the plight of our urban parks. We have now prepared a template letter that can be used to lobby MPs and can be downloaded from our campaign website, www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk/makeparksapriority. Alternatively you can email me direct for a copy.
KATE LOWE, EDITOR - firstname.lastname@example.org