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Parks should be safe places for women and girls


University of Leeds Press release 9 December 2022 Parks in West Yorkshire should be better designed and managed so that women and girls feel safe throughout the day and after dark, according to a new study. A team of researchers at the University of Leeds interviewed more than a hundred women and girls from across...

Dr Anna Barker leads new project to improve understanding of women and girls' safety in parks


Dr Anna Barker leads a new project 'Fostering safer parks for women and girls through multi-agency collaboration, knowledge exchange and the co-design of research-informed guidance. Dr Anna Barker of the School of Law, University of Leeds is leading a new collaboration between the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, West Yorkshire Police, Keep Britain Tidy, Make Space...

New Research Project: Safer Parks for Women & Girls


Anna Barker and George Holmes are working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority on new research into women and girls' perceptions of safety in parks. We want to find out what women and girls think makes parks feel safe or unsafe places to visit, and what might make parks feel safer and more welcoming places. To...

Findings of Public Consultation: Leeds Parks & Green Spaces Strategy 2020-2030


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...

Future of UK Public Parks - Animated Video


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.

Join the discussion on what is next for Leeds’ parks


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...

Empowering Parks for the 21st Century


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 Parks Fund Opens for Applications


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...

Who Should Pay For Our Parks? Can and Should Charitable Donations Fill the Funding Gap?


A new report has called for a national debate on who should pay for the UK’s much-loved public parks and green spaces. It asks whether charitable donations can or should help to fill the funding gap to secure the future of parks, amid ongoing government and municipal cuts. Three quarters of the population due to...

National Workshop - Rethinking Parks: The Role and Place of Charitable Giving


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,...