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Leeds project helps re-think parks


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...

Leeds Parks Survey - full report now available


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...

Future of Public Parks conference report now available


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,...

Conference slides now available


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...

Our findings report


Ahead of our national conference on Thursday 13 July 2017, the research team are proud to present our findings report, entitled The Future Prospects of Urban Public Parks: Findings - Informing Change. Public parks are long-standing and familiar features of the urban environment. For many people, visiting parks is an integral part of everyday life in...

Our response to the Select Committee's report on the future of public parks


Parks are currently under a level of threat unprecedented in their nearly 200-year history. In 2016, we submitted evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into The Future of Public Parks. Among other things, we called for a statutory duty on local authorities to monitor and manage public parks to a Green...

Select Committee Report due to be published


The Communities and Local Government Committee will publish its report on public parks this Saturday, 11 February 2017. You can read our written evidence to the Committee by clicking here.  

Select Committee Inquiry on Public Parks


In September 2016, our project team submitted evidence to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee’s Public Parks Inquiry. Our evidence is now available online. For more information about the Inquiry, and to read other submissions, click here. #myparkmatters