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A big thank you to everyone who came along to the first conference for parks and open spaces in the East Midlands. The day was a great success and what a brilliant start to a new East Midlands network!
Please click on the links below to see the feedback and presentations from the conference:
• Feedback from the day
• Information from Discussion Groups
• NFPGS Presentation by Sarah Royal
• Case Study Presentation by Colin Attenborough, Friends of Sinfin Moor Park & LNR, Derby
• Funding Presentation by Corinna Hartwig
Please support the UK Parks Petition
Help prevent the slide into crisis of the UK's green spaces
90% of the population visit parks and green spaces, creating between 2.5 - 4 billion visits annually. They are an essential resource and service, vital to every community and serving important needs for people of all ages and interests.
However, the June 2014 'State of UK Public Parks - Renaissance to Risk?' report by the Heritage Lottery Fund documents the risks to parks caused by under funding. It is hoped that this important and timely document will inform and influence decision-making on the future of our green spaces. We are now at a tipping point. It is up to all of us to raise our voices together.
The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces are therefore launching a petition, supported by the Love Parks campaign. It is ready to sign and will be launched via social media during Love Parks Week.
We are now at a tipping point. It is up to all those who know and care to raise their voices together.
"The report is a shocking wake-up call which clearly necessitates immediate and effective national action if we are to avoid severe long-term decline. Parks and green spaces are too important to all our communities to be allowed to fall into disuse, as they did after the last round of similar savage cuts in the 1970s and 1980s. It has taken a colossal, collective effort and huge additional resources to rescue the situation and recover from those dark days. Our green spaces need the recognition, protection and resources they deserve, and now is the time for everyone to speak out!"- Sarah Royal and Dave Morris, for the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces.
"Keep Britain Tidy welcomes this report as we believe everyone has the right to live close to a quality park. We know how important having skilled staff on site is to delivering this and ensuring our parks thrive and benefit the community. This is not something that can be achieved without the support of all those people who use, and care about, our parks. We encourage communities to engage with us and the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces in our Love Parks programme and fight for every park to be well funded and managed to the Green Flag Award standard." - Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive.
This petition is a positive public response to the report and to the crisis in parks funding. It aims to help raise the political profile and make parks an election issue for political parties and for the next Government in 2015.
You can sign it now: Save our UK Parks or by visiting www.natfedparks.org.uk and click on ‘parks petition’.
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