Judging this year is well underway and so might like to share your experiences either as an applicant or a judge.
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This week the Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones announced the launch of the new Parks Action Group. The Group will be made up of experts from a variety of sectors, including heritage, leisure and horticulture, and has been pledged £500,000 from the Government to kick start their work.
The Action Group will be tasked with helping “England’s public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future”. They will consider recommendations from the Government’s response to the recent House of Common’s Communities and Local Government Select Committee report into the future of parks and green spaces. As well as working with the Parks minister and officials from a number of government departments to propose new projects and actions that will help our parks and green spaces thrive.
House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee – Public parks.
The long awaited report so many of us contributed to has now been published and it makes interesting but I suspect for most green space practioners, disappointing reading. Follow the link below for the full report.
On the plus side it fully acknowledges the value, importance and huge multi-layered benefits that our public parks provide, however these sentiments are not backed by any call for additional funding and ultimately the report concludes that our precious parks should not become statutory provision. Ho hum……
Another great event yesterday when Green Space Wales partnered with Fields in Trust to stage a day seminar at the magnificent Beechwood House Newport.
Focusing on the Welsh Government’s Future Generations Act, the Secretary of State for the Environment Lesley Griffiths launched the important new planning guidance from FIT – Beyond the 6 Acre Standard.
A sell out programme drew delegates from both planning and green space management backgrounds.
Speakers included Robin Williams MD of Asbri Planning, Neville Rooke from the WLGA and Carla Reynolds from Business Wales.
In the prestigious Fields in Trust Best UK Park Awards held at Lords Cricket Ground on Wednesday evening, Pontypool Park was voted Wales’ Best Park, just missing out on the top spot of the UKs Best Park to Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire. The two other runners up were Castle Gardens in Antrim and Preston Park Rockery in Brighton where, incidentally, I cut my teeth as a young Park’s Apprentice many years ago.
Wales had further success with Maesteg Park in Swansea gaining the Best Play Initiative Award on a Fields in Trust Site and Brynmill Park, also in Swansea achieving the Getting Active Award.
Ian Beynon collecting the award for Brynmill
Well done to everyone from Green Space Wales
Once again, Margam Park at Neath Port Talbot has been voted one of Britains top Ten best Parks in the Green Flag Peoples Choice Award.
The Green Flag Award, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, is the international mark of quality green space and the People’s Choice poll reflects just how much communities up and down the country value their parks and green spaces
The Green Flag Award is delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy with support from Natural Resources Wales
One of the pictures of neglected parks in the 2016 HLF report. Image: Peter Neal
27 September 2016, by Sarah Cosgrove
A total of 70 per cent of respondents to a new poll have said that ‘privatising’ parks is unacceptable and 75 per cent believe parks should be a statutory duty for local authorities.