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Government pledges £500k to parks action group

Words: Laura Edgar
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Parks and green spaces minister Marcus Jones has a launched a new Parks Action Group, which aims to help public parks and green spaces in England meet the needs of communities.

To support the Parks Action Group, the government said it is providing £500,000 in funding so that it can start work.

The group will comprise experts from the horticulture, leisure, and heritage and tourism sectors and is tasked with bringing forward proposals to address problems facing public parks and greens spaces.

It will propose what steps can be taken in line with the government response (pdf) to a Communities and Local Government Select Committee report into the future of public parks and green spaces.

Public parks face a number of challenges to a sustainable future, including reduced council spending, with parks management budgets cut by up to 97 per cent, and planning policy not giving them enough weight. Additionally, the contribution that parks make to public health, community integration and climate change mitigation needs more recognition.

Parks and green spaces minister Marcus Jones said: “We recognise the value of parks and green spaces to local communities – including reducing loneliness, increasing well-being, and revitalising town and city centres.

“But we need to do more to make sure future generations are continuing to enjoy their benefits. That is why we have announced a new expert-led Parks Action Group to work closely with the sector to find the right solutions.”

Read more:

Report: Parks face period of decline

Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report: The future of public parks (pdf)

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