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How have public parks changed over time and what are their prospects and challenges? Watch our new animated short video on the past, present and future of UK parks and reflect on what you might do to help safeguard their future.
The future of parks and green spaces is the focus of a fun public event at Leeds City Museum later this week. Combining a free exhibition based on research from the University of Leeds, with the launch of a public consultation on the city council’s next 10-year parks and green space strategy (Final Towards a…
On 26 September 2019, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in partnership with the Parks Action Group, Landscape Institute and The Parks Alliance held a major conference on ‘Empowering Parks for the 21st Century‘. #empoweringparks The conference opened with Caroline Macdonald giving a talk on the role of Government and Green Space. Sue…
Leeds Community Foundation has announced the first round of funding from Leeds Parks Fund. Developed in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum, the Fund has been possible thanks to the generous support of individual and business donors. Good quality parks and other public green spaces are essential for making…
On Tuesday 30th April 2019, the University of Leeds, Leeds City Council, Leeds Community Foundation and the Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum jointly hosted a national workshop titled ‘Rethinking Parks: The Role and Place of Charitable Giving’ at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. The workshop was generously funded by the National Lottery Community Fund,…
A research project to explore the idea of charitable giving to public parks was launched today in Leeds. The project considers the role local people and businesses can play in improving and sustaining public parks for future generations. The University of Leeds and partners from local charity, community and public sectors have developed an online…
In 2016, we undertook a public survey exploring people’s use of Leeds parks and their experiences of them. Over 6,400 people across the city responded to our online and postal survey, conducted in partnership with Leeds Parks & Countryside Service. The findings show that parks in Leeds are widely used and enjoyed by diverse social…
On 13 July 2017, we held our national conference on The Future of Parks: Policy, Practice & Research. Some 79 delegates participated in a lively and engaging event which drew together innovative thinking and learning from policy, practice and research on ways to maximise the value of parks as public assets in the twenty-first century,…
On 13 July 2017, we held our national conference on The Future of Parks: Policy, Practice & Research. Please use the following links to download the presentation slides from our conference: Introduction and Session 1A Session 1B Session 2 Session 3 and 4 A full PDF report of our conference will be published on this…