In 2019, Leeds Parks & Countryside Service launched a public consultation ‘Final Towards a Leeds Parks Green Spaces Strategy to 2030‘ to develop a vision for the future of Leeds City Council owned and managed public parks and green spaces beyond 2020, and a strategy for how to deliver that vision over the next 10 years.
Some 2,000 people responded to the consultation and the results were analysed by Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds. The report ‘Parks & Green Spaces Strategy – Findings of Public Consultation’ sets out the main findings of the consultation, including what people thought might be improved about local parks and green spaces in Leeds.
On the 15th December 2021, Leeds City Council’s executive board approved a new 10-year strategy, which sets out the ambition for the city to have the best parks and green spaces in the UK.
Eight key priorities of the 10-year strategy:
- Quality– Providing high quality parks and green spaces.
- Climate and Biodiversity– Increasing wildlife and biodiversity and reducing the impact of climate change.
- Access for All– Ensuring that parks and green spaces are accessible to everyone.
- Culture– Providing exciting, diverse, interesting and enjoyable green spaces that reflect the history and culture of their local communities.
- Child-Friendly– Providing green spaces that children and teenagers love to visit.
- Working with Communities– Having a positive, open, helpful and collaborative approach to delivering the Parks and Countryside service.
- Financial Sustainability– Ensuring that good quality public green space is available for the long term.
- Health and Wellbeing– Providing a wide range of opportunities for people to get the health benefits of spending time in green spaces.
To see the executive board report go to Council and democracy (leeds.gov.uk).